What does it mean for a physician to achieve board certification in urgent care, and why is it important?
Three of the state of Iowa’s five board-certified urgent care physicians work at UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care clinics in the Cedar Rapids’ area. They include, Richard Hodge, MD and Tim Winter, MD, both at UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care – Marion and Tracy Niemeyer, MD, UnityPoint Clinic – Urgent Care Westside.
Patients are increasingly becoming more savvy health care shoppers, and the demand for urgent care services has risen markedly in recent years. Patients seeking medical care don’t want to schedule an appointment and wait. Area urgent cares offer online check in, extended hours, and convenient care for patients.
Our board-certified urgent care physicians go through a rigorous examination to pass standards and obtain a higher level of expertise. This ensures the patients we care for are also receiving the highest level of care and patients can have strong confidence in the care they are receiving.
The American Board of Urgent Care Medicine (ABUCM)
serves as an independent certifying body for Urgent Care Medicine. The ABUCM was established in 1997 to certify properly qualified candidates in the specialty of Urgent Care Medicine. Certification by the ABUCM recognizes excellence in the discipline of Urgent Care Medicine. The goals of the ABUCM are to establish high standards of clinical competence, improve the quality of patient care, and to promote continuing education that is required for professional excellence. The ABUCM serves two interrelated functions: to certify properly qualified candidates in the specialty of Urgent Care Medicine, and to ensure recognition of the resulting board certification.