ABPS Eligibility & Testing
The American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS) – committed to Enhancing Patient Care through Physician Excellence – is one of the most highly respected multispecialty certifying organizations in North America. It is the mission of the ABPS to establish the highest standards in physician board certification, and to help the physician specialist achieve success in a rapidly changing healthcare landscape. A recognized choice for board certification since 1960, the ABPS has grown in stature considerably over the decades. Today, it comprises 12 governing boards that oversee the physician board certification process for 18 specialties and subspecialties. The ABPS is the official board certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.® (AAPS) and readily accepts applications for certification from qualified allopathic and osteopathic physicians actively practicing in the United States, Canada, or Puerto Rico.
Obtaining board certification through one of our Member Boards is a monumental intellectual achievement. Not surprisingly, only the most well qualified physicians are able to call themselves an ABPS Diplomate. Our stringent eligibility and testing standards are designed to bestow Diplomate status only on physicians who are able to demonstrate a complete mastery of the core body of knowledge and skills in the applicable specialty.
To become certified or recertified through the ABPS, a physician must, at a minimum:
- Have completed an accredited residency
- Provide attestation of an unrestricted medical license
- Complete a non-remedial medical ethics course
- Complete at least 50 hours of continuing medical education
- Become recertified after eight years
The written examination for each ABPS Member Board is multiple choice format and developed by certified physicians as subject matter experts. Written exams take place under standardized conditions across an expansive network of secure testing sites. For specialties requiring oral examinations, candidates must first successfully pass a written exam.
The value of certification through the ABPS can’t be overstated. We certify physician specialists who are committed above all else to providing superior patient care – not just to the business of medicine. Click on this link to learn more about our individual Member Boards. We also invite you to learn more about the ABPS by reading this short brochure, which can be viewed online or downloaded.