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Why It Is Important for a Physician to Be Board Certified in a Specialty

Physician Board CertifiedA physician who is board certified in his or her chosen specialty automatically is afforded an extra level of respect from patients, peers, and potential employers. Achieving board certification is proof that the physician has mastered the knowledge and core competencies necessary to provide the best patient care possible.

Why is it important? Because patients deserve to know that their physicians have mastered the specialty, and healthcare employers want to know the same thing before they make a new hire. It is about engendering confidence in the health care industry as a whole, as well as confidence in the expertise of an individual physician specialist. It also is about a physician’s career – board certification is considered mandatory for credentialing by many health plans.

The American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) provides a physician who wishes to become board certified a broad selection of 18 specialties. ABPS exams are developed using the most rigorous standards for measuring the knowledge base and skill set required to provide the absolute best patient care available. The Member Boards of the ABPS administer written, oral, and simulation-based board certification exams in:

  • Anesthesiology
  • Dermatology
  • Diagnostic Radiology
  • Disaster Medicine
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Family Medicine Obstetrics
  • Family Practice
  • Geriatric Medicine
  • Hospital Medicine
  • Integrative Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Psychiatry
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Surgery
  • Urgent Care

A physician might also wish to become board certified through the ABPS in order to become part of a diverse, eminent community of his or her peers. The priority of this distinguished group of physicians is the advancement of patient care and safety, to which end best practices and clinical experiences are shared in the name of education. In addition, every ABPS Diplomate has access to many leadership opportunities within the organization, and every voice is heard and valued.

To learn more about the benefits of physician board certification through the ABPS, contact us today. The ABPS is the official certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.