The Purpose of Physician Board Recertification Through the ABPS
The purpose of physician board recertification is closely related to the reasons why a physician would seek to achieve board certification in a particular specialty or specialties in the first place. That is, to demonstrate a mastery of the knowledge and skills required to provide patients the best possible care.
Providing a reliable measurement of competence in a given specialty is merely the broad purpose of board certification. Embedded within that broad purpose are many specific and compelling reasons a physician should seek to achieve board certification and recertification in a chosen specialty. The purposes of physician board recertification include the following:
- Recertification enables a physician to maintain his or her mastery of their specialty and enhance his or her professional image.
- Board recertification and certification have come to be expected by some medical groups, hospitals, managed care companies and knowledgeable consumers.
- Board certification, while not mandatory, is required by many employers.
In addition, physician board recertification, through the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS), provides Diplomates with:
- Unlimited board certification verification and attestation
- Public confirmation
- Use of the ABPS Certification mark
- Participation in Member Board development and governance
- Complimentary membership in the American Association of Physician Specialists (AAPS)
- Membership in a specialty Academy of Medicine
- Career networking opportunities
To learn more about the importance of physician board recertification, or to register for recertification, contact the ABPS today. The ABPS is the official board certifying body of the AAPS, Inc.