How Physicians Board Certified in Urgent Care Medicine Help Shape the Future of the Specialty

Urgent CareAs urgent care becomes more prevalent, it is incumbent upon those who practice this emerging specialty to take an active hand in shaping its future. As of 2013, there were more than 9,000 urgent care centers in the United States, with an average of more than 350 weekly visitors per center. That translates to 160 million visits annually. Clearly, a significant portion of the population has begun to rely on the urgent care physicians nationwide.

Physician board certification through the Board of Certification in Urgent Care Medicine (BCUCM) provides many benefits to those who achieve it, including the opportunity to have a voice in shaping the future of the specialty. As significant as urgent care medicine has become during its emergence, it remains a relatively new full-time field for practicing physicians. As such, it is still developing as a specialty, and physicians who already have earned board certification with the BCUCM – and those who soon will be – will have a say as general questions such as the following are answered:

  • How will the field evolve?
  • What can physicians do to shape the future of urgent care?
  • What standards will urgent care physicians and clinic owners be expected to live up to?
  • What is the best way to foster community awareness about the role urgent care clinics play in overall healthcare?

Diplomates who have earned board certification through the BCUCM and other American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) member boards are leaders in their chosen specialties, taking on roles such as aligning their organizations’ missions and operations with those of the medical staff, managing resources, overseeing operations, making purchasing decisions, and managing the financial concerns of an organization. As the landscape of healthcare shifts, it is more vital than ever that physicians advocate the position that patient care is the priority and does not suffer because of the realities of the business of medicine.

Physicians who are board certified in urgent care medicine have positioned themselves to take on those leadership roles through their association with one of the leading multi-specialty board certifying bodies in the U.S. To learn more about leadership opportunities afforded to BCUCM Diplomates, contact the ABPS. The ABPS is the official certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.

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ABPS board certification validates a physician's competence in their medical specialty. This is important to a patient seeking medical care. Physician recertification through ABPS assures that we maintain knowledge and expertise throughout our career. The ABPS is a collegial and committed organization of physicians and administrative staff. The organization has given me the opportunity to become involved in all facets of the board certification process and physician governance.

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Orthopedic Surgery
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Emergency Medicine
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