Many Physician Leaders in Urgent Care Medicine Get Certified by the BCUCM

Urgent care medicine is one of the fastest growing-specialties in the United States healthcare industry. Increasingly, patients are relying on urgent care clinics for rapid access to healthcare professionals, and largescale urgent care businesses are becoming more commonplace than ever. As a result of increasing competition, the need for board certification in Urgent Care medicine has never been greater. That’s why the American Board of Physician Specialties® developed the Board of Certification in Urgent Care Medicine (BCUCM) – a member board dedicated solely to providing board certification to highly experienced physician leaders in this growing specialty.

Board Certification has long been a trusted indicator of a physician’s expertise in a specialty area, and Urgent Care medicine – perhaps more than any other medical specialty – is driven by traditional patterns of consumer behavior. Prospective patients usually turn to walk-in clinics for non-emergency treatment and value convenience, physician qualifications, and availability when deciding where to turn for immediate care. Being able to present yourself as a Board Certified physician in the area of Urgent Care medicine clearly demonstrates to the potential patient that you have the firsthand experience needed to deliver a high level of care. This is a significant competitive advantage that can set you apart from the competition – something that has clear marketing benefits for the organization.

The BCUCM was developed to elevate the quality of care in Urgent Care medicine while also building a strong community of physician Diplomates equipped to share best practices and help the specialty continue to grow. There are considerable advantages to the urgent care model of healthcare – advantages that have clearly resonated with the American public – and the BCUCM seeks to recognize physician leaders who have committed to delivering high quality, rapid, and affordable treatment in their health centers.

If you are looking to differentiate yourself from the competition, demonstrate to the community that you have mastered the Urgent Care specialty, and prove to yourself that you are among the most highly qualified and knowledgeable Urgent Care physicians in the country, consider pursuing Board Certification through the BCUCM. Contact us today to learn more. If you are a member of the public, you are invited to confirm the credentials of a physician using our free online portal found here. The ABPS is the official board certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.®

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Art Cooper, MD
Disaster Medicine
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Ann Marie Chiasson, MD
Integrative Medicine
There are many ways board certification advances a physician career. ABPS Board examination verifies your accuracy, precision, and reflects your mastery of your residency training verifying your expertise. ABPS Board certification demonstrates your level of expertise beyond your practice experience, primary education degrees, and training which are necessary for insurance reimbursement and practice privilege requirements. Attaining your ABPS Board Certification will clarify your purpose, secure your practice growth, and expand into leadership positions. Board certification can serve as an indication of a physician’s commitment to medicine, beyond the minimal standards and competency of training, their measurement to quality of care, and attaining an award for excellence.

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Internal Medicine
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Jerry Allison, MD
Emergency Medicine
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Administrative Medicine
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