Urgent Care Centers Can Distinguish Themselves

Urgent CareSince their advent in the 1980s, urgent care centers have become fixtures in communities across the United States. A recent estimate puts the number of urgent facilities in the country at more than 9,000, with more facilities opening every month. The reasons for their growth and popularity are understandable when examined against the backdrop of the current medical landscape. By eliminating long wait times for physician appointments, offering an alternative to crowded hospital emergency departments, and providing after-hours care, urgent care centers give patients the convenience and accessibility they had long sought when needing treatment for minor injuries, aches, pains, and illnesses.

The proliferation of urgent care centers in the U.S. means that the marketplace has grown decidedly competitive, and to remain attractive alternatives to patients, facilities must distinguish themselves effectively. Many of these facilities are staffed by physicians who are certified in family medicine or emergency medicine, so hiring physicians who have earned board certification in urgent care medicine lets urgent care centers stand out from the pack. The American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS) is the only multi-specialty certifying body that offers board certification in urgent care. For physicians to earn certification through the Board of Certification in Urgent Care Medicine (BCUCM), they must meet stringent eligibility requirements and pass a rigorous exam developed by Diplomates of the BCUCM under the direction of ABPS psychometric consultants. Hence, hiring a physician certified through the BCUCM adds to the prestige and authority of an urgent care center because that physician has been recognized as one who has demonstrated mastery of urgent care medicine knowledge as well as commitment to the ABPS Medical Code of Ethics.

The BCUCM is currently offering members of the Urgent Care Association of America (UCAOA) a special rate on fees associated with physician board certification in urgent care medicine. Interested physicians can submit a completed application form along with the application fee by the application deadline. Applicants pay for the base application and written examination fees. To receive the special rate, enter promo code “UCAOA” on the completed application.

In general, allopathic and osteopathic physicians in the United States and Canada who are residency-trained and who currently practice urgent care full-time are eligible to apply for urgent care medicine board certification through the BCUCM.

To learn more about the eligibility requirements for board certification, or for information about the BCUCM, contact the ABPS today. The ABPS is the official certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.®

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Mimi Guarneri, MD, FACC
Integrative Medicine
I value my ABPS certification very highly because it is one-of-a-kind certification in Urgent Care Medicine under the auspices of a larger, reputable organization. I really enjoy the professional and personal relationships I have formed with other individuals in the development of this new board and appreciate the great lengths that ABPS goes to ensure and enhance the recognition of it's component boards.
Joseph D. Toscano, MD
Urgent Care Medicine
ABPS gives its members unique opportunities to learn and develop professionally. I have been practicing Emergency Medicine for over 27 years and have been privileged to be a member of this fabulous organization. Through ABPS I have developed tremendously in my professional career becoming a consummate practitioner of my trade, a physician leader locally at my hospital, in my region , at the state level, and a published clinical researcher.
Leslie Mukau, MD, FAAEP, FACEP
Emergency Medicine