Sunday, September 14, 2008

Non-ABSM Board Certification for Medical Doctors

The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABSM) has a list of general and subspecialty medical board certifications. Many consumers don't realize that there is no board certification as a "general practitioner." Family physicians and general internists may refer to themselves using that term since people are familiar with the phrase "GP."

Even healthcare professionals do not realize that "doctors" can get board certified in other fields that are not listed by the ABSM. For instance, the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE) offers board certification education. You can become board certified in medical management by the Certifying Commision in Medical Management (CCMM) and become a certified physician executive (CPE). You're probably a physician involved in serious management responsibilities if you're pursuing that board certification. Some doctors interested in non-clinical opportunities have also received this certification. You can also get board certified in medical quality by the American College of Medical Quality (ACMQ).

The American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine (ABIHM) offers board certification in holistic medicine. Some people have very strong opinions about alternative medicine, so I won't get into that somewhat controversial topic right now. You can also become board certified by the American Board of Medical Accupuncture (ABMA).

Have you heard of the American Board of Environmental Medicine (ABEM)? They offer board certification. How about the American Board of Medical Physics (ABMP)?

You can become a fellow of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA). I do not believe they offer board certification at this time. However, I think that's likely to change in the future.

Well, that's enough for now. I'm sure there are others out there, so I welcome comments from those who know of other non-ABSM board certifications that are available to US physicians.

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