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Eligibility Requirements for Psychiatry Board Certification Through the ABPS

Psychiatry Board CertificationIn addition to the stringent, base-line eligibility requirements shared by all Member Boards of the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS), psychiatry board certification through the Board of Certification in Psychiatry carries its own set of distinct eligibility requirements.

The base-line requirements for psychiatry board certification and other specialties include conforming with the ABPS Code of Ethics, submitting the proper application paper work, and holding a valid and unrestricted license to practice medicine in the United States, its territories or in Canada. Medical school experiences and documentation of licenses, etc., also are required. The details and highlights of eligibility requirements specifically in place for potential candidates for psychiatry board certification include:

  • Applicants must complete an ACGME, AOA or RCPSC accredited residency in psychiatry
  • Applicants must submit 10 psychiatry cases in which the applicant played a lead role as manager
  • Case reports must be no older than 12 months from the date the application is received by the ABPS
  • Case reports should include only information on the care and services provided by the applicant

In addition, U.S.-based physicians who wish to apply for psychiatry board certification must perform a self-query of the National Practitioner Data Bank and submit a sealed copy of the report in an unopened envelope as a part of the application process.

To learn more about the eligibility requirements for the Board of Certification in Psychiatry, contact the ABPS today. The ABPS is the official board certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.