ABPS Boards of Certifications

The Boards of Certification (BOCs) are affiliates of the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) and are recognized as certifying bodies meeting the standards required for affiliation. The BOCs were founded to develop and administer clinically- relevant specialty certification examinations and to award certification to qualified physicians who meet established requirements.

The BOCs issue certificates to successful candidates, who may present themselves to the public as specialists and Diplomates of their specialty.

Though certification does not guarantee the competence of individuals, the affiliated Boards of Certification of the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS), attests that certified members have met minimum education and experience requirements for various certification levels. Each certified member also acknowledges adherence to the ABPS Code of Ethics.

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Medical organizations throughout North America understand that our rigorous certification standards prove that ABPS Diplomates are capable of delivering the best patient care possible.

Board certification through the American Board of Physician Specialties has served to substantiate my interest and additional training in several fields of medicine including Internal Medicine, Disaster Medicine, and Administrative Medicine. As a result, I have been able to serve my community in clinical, disaster response, and administrative medicine roles. Through the ABPS, I have become recognized as a leader in my various fields of interest.

Spencer Price MD, MPH, MBA
Internal Medicine, Disaster Medicine, Administrative Medicine
BCEM certification through ABPS has provided me with many opportunities. It has helped me demonstrate that I have special experience and expertise in Emergency Medicine beyond that obtained through my family medicine training. BCEM certification firmly established me as an emergency medicine specialist once I started working in emergency medicine full time. ABPS has also helped me network with other family physicians with a passion for improving rural and underserved emergency medicine practice.

Alex Beuning, MD, FAAEP
Emergency Medicine
Personal challenge and motivation compelled me to pass my ABPS board exam. Measurement and confirmation of my own knowledge base reinforced my self-confidence. The ABPS, with its history of inclusivity, has allowed me to have a voice in the organization, while permitting me to impact overall national patient safety and care through certification. Participation in exam development afforded me the opportunity to witness the rigorousness of the exam process and psychometrically sound product, while developing meaningful collegiality, professional life enrichment, and warding off burn out.

Elizabeth Maxwell-Schmidt MD, FAAEP, FACEP
Emergency Medicine