Why Board Certification is Important
While board certification remains a voluntary process for allopathic and osteopathic physicians to pursue, for all practical purposes, board certification has become exceedingly important in the healthcare field – and with good reason. As medical knowledge and technology continue to advance, physicians are increasingly narrowing their expertise in certain subspecialties of medicine. ABPS board certification has become the industry standard for allowing highly qualified, licensed physicians to demonstrate their experience and expertise in a given field.
In order to earn board certification from a credible body, the physician must meet a number of rigorous eligibility requirements. Make no mistake, this process is arduous and designed to ensure that only the very best in the specialty receive the prestigious designation. With that said, physicians who successfully earn board certification are able to clearly demonstrate to their employers and the public that they are leaders in the medical field. In some cases, board certification is mandatory for employment, and as the healthcare field becomes increasingly competitive, more and more medical staff placement agencies are prioritizing certification when developing hiring practices for their hospital groups. There are often insurance incentives for hiring board certified physicians as well, adding an additional financial component to the designation.
The same basic benefits hold true for the recertification process as with the initial certification. In order to recertify, the physician must demonstrate they have made a commitment to continued specialty specific medical education in order to stay at the top of their field. In other words, the certification and recertification process gets the most out of physicians, ensuring they continue to learn and stay abreast of advances in medicine.
On a personal level, board certification also provides a tremendous sense of accomplishment for the Diplomate, validating their mastery of their specialty. Many patients also know to look for board certification when researching physicians as well. There’s an immediate sense of public credibility that comes with the designation.
At the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS), we know how important board certification is and we’re proud to be the third largest physician multi-specialty certifying body in the United States. If you are interested in demonstrating your knowledge and experience in your medical specialty to yourself, your patients, and your employers, contact us today. The ABPS is the official board certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.
The American Board of Physician Specialties: Giving Physicians a Choice – and a Voice – in Board Certification
The American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) is the official certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists (AAPS). The ABPS oversees the administration and development of 12 governing boards, representing 18 distinct medical specialties. Our goal is straightforward: to provide practicing physicians world-class board certification and recertification across multiple medical specialties, in order to thoroughly demonstrate their base of knowledge, professional skill and deep commitment to continued education and training.
ABPS Diplomates practice in all fifty states, as well as in Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia and Canada. What does it take to join the ABPS Diplomates? To be blunt, it is not easy. ABPS clinically based written, oral and patient simulation exams are developed using only the most rigorous standards for measuring the knowledge base and skill set required to provide the absolute best patient care available. Yet, as rigorous as the examination process is, the rewards for medical board certification with the ABPS is well worth the commitment. When a physician earns certification through the ABPS, you become a member of a distinguished community of physicians whose priority is the advancement of patient care and safety. Clinical experiences and best practices are shared among community members, enabling you to learn from the setbacks and successes of others. Every ABPS Diplomate has access to abundant leadership opportunities, in addition to becoming a valued participant whose voice is heard and respected.