The Benefits of Board Certification Through the American Board of Physician Specialties
Most physicians become familiar with the concept of board certification very early on. Even the earliest undergraduate student with medical ambitions knows that certification is a voluntary process that is intended to be a demonstration of the mastery of the core body of knowledge and skills necessary for a chosen specialty. Aspiring physicians may also be aware that board certification is used in advertising as a way to distinguish one physician or group of physicians from others.
What some medical students might not know is that they have a choice when it comes to physician board certification – they are not limited to the ABMS or AOA-BOS. They might also be unfamiliar with the depth of the benefits physicians derive from board certification through the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS). The ABPS is the official certifying body for the American Association of Physician Specialists (AAPS), Inc., providing board certification for 17 medical specialties and subspecialties. There are hundreds of physician certifying bodies in North America, but very few of them set and sustain the stringent and rigorous standards of the ABPS. Indeed, in some respects the standards adhered to by the ABPS actually exceed those of other certifying bodies.
The historical credibility of the ABPS Member Boards is only one of many benefits. Others include:
- Unlimited board certification attestation for active ABPS Diplomates
- Opportunities to participate in Member Board development and governance
- Emeritus Certification for retired Diplomates
- Use of the ABPS Certification mark
- Opportunities for dual boarded certification and recertification
- Complimentary AAPS membership
- Career networking opportunities
To learn more about the benefits of board certification, and to request information about Member Board eligibility requirements, contact the ABPS today.