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Board Certification Newly Offered for Patient Safety Officers; Patient Safety Officers Society Merges Efforts with ABQAURP.

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TAMPA, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 26, 2003

In response to the growing need for trained patient safety specialists in hospitals and clinics, the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians (ABQAURP) has updated its Health Care Quality & Management (HCQM) board certification program and exam to include the newest patient safety concepts. The updated exam will be offered in 2004. This exam will test each examinee's understanding of the Core Body of Knowledge in HCQM & Patient Safety. Examinees must satisfy specific credentialing requirements and pass the exam to achieve board certification. Through board certification, individuals demonstrate an advanced level of competency in HCQM & Patient Safety issues.

"Physicians and nurses are leading efforts in patient safety and we want to assist them with education and certification," says Arthur I. Broder, MD, Chairman of ABQAURP. "It is only natural that our organization, that has certified professionals in quality for over 25 years, expands its efforts to include the newly established patient safety initiatives."

The Patient Safety Officers Society was founded in 2001 by David Shulkin, MD, President of PSOS. "I founded the PSOS to provide a forum for clinicians charged with patient safety responsibilities to exchange ideas and share experiences," says Dr. Shulkin. "By merging efforts with ABQAURP, PSOS can leverage the education and certification experience of ABQAURP and offer even greater support to the PSOS membership in their effort to enhance patient safety."

The newly updated Certification Exam will be offered starting in the summer of 2004. ABQAURP offers the only HCQM & Patient Safety certification process that includes an exam developed with the assistance of the prestigious National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME). The NBME assists many medical organizations in the development of their clinical board certification exams.

Current PSOS members will have the opportunity to receive all of the benefits of affiliate membership in ABQAURP, including a subscription to the peer reviewed publication, the Journal of Quality Health Care. ABQAURP also offers PSOS members the potential for professional growth through certification, education and networking opportunities. ABQAURP ensures its certified Diplomates remain current in the field, through a program of continuing education.

About ABQAURP

Established in 1977, the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians (ABQAURP) has evolved to become the nation's largest organization of interdisciplinary health care professionals. ABQAURP remains at the forefront of Health Care Quality & Management (HCQM), a field so vital to all medical specialties and health care professions. Through its ultimate goal to improve the quality of our Nation's health care, ABQAURP is dedicated to providing health care education and certification for physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals. For more information, visit us at http://www.abqaurp.org.

About PSOS

The Patient Safety Officer Society (PSOS) is a non-profit professional association for those leading organizations to safer health care. PSOS serves to further develop the role of the patient safety officer and connect its members around the country. Our mission is to provide patient safety officers with professional growth opportunities and advanced resources to lead their organizations in successful patient safety efforts.
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