Resident Physicians Have Choice in Board Certification

Aug 01, 2009

Tampa, FL — “Many times, resident physicians do not realize they have a choice in Board Certification”, said William J. Carbone, Chief Executive Officer of the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS). “Once a resident physician becomes board eligible, he or she may choose any of the boards that offer certification in their appropriate specialty”, he added.

ABPS member boards offer certification exams twice a year in 16 medical specialties. ABPS is the only nationally recognized organization offering certification to both M.D.’s (allopathic physicians) and D.O.’s (osteopathic physicians). ABPS member boards are the only boards that recertify physicians previously certified by boards affiliated with other medical specialty organizations in addition to its own.

Applications are now being accepted for the ABPS Spring 2010 exams. The deadline to apply is December 1, 2009. Applications, eligibility requirements, exam schedule, and certification fees for each of the ABPS specialties is available online at Questions should be emailed to Cassandra Newby, Director of Certification

ABPS identifies emerging public health issues in the practice of medicine that affect patients. “Because we are keenly aware of trends resulting from recent changes, we formed new boards of certification in Disaster Medicine, Hospital Medicine and Family Medicine Obstetrics,” Carbone said. “Another board certification now under development is in the practice of Urgent Care Medicine,” he added.

In an effort to keep pace with rapid advances in medicine, additional exciting and innovative boards of certification are being explored and planned for the future by ABPS.

“While board certification is voluntary, it helps physicians assure patients that they have the appropriate training in their specialties and have been tested,” said Carbone.

To ensure the medical competency of its Diplomate physicians ABPS requires recertification every eight years. Additionally, ABPS is the first and only certifying body to require non-remedial medical ethics training as part of its physician recertification program.

The American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS), the official certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc. (AAPS), creates and maintains rigorous standards for physicians to update their medical knowledge and become certified or re-certified in the following medical specialties: Anesthesiology, Dermatology, Diagnostic Radiology, Disaster Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine Obstetrics, Family Practice, Geriatric Medicine, Hospital Medicine, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Ophthalmology, Orthopedic Surgery, Psychiatry, Radiation Oncology, and Surgery. The boards and examinations are managed and developed by Diplomates from member boards of the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS), the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), and the American Osteopathic Association Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists (AOABOS) and many are dual-boarded.

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I feel truly blessed and grateful to be an internal medicine board-certified diplomate with the American Board of Physician Specialties. Their ongoing, steadfast commitment to physician board(s) enhancement, forward focused vision, and tenacity is second to none. ABPS has become a recognized choice in Physician Board Certification.

Adam Rench, MD
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To be the best, you must measure yourself against the best. Achieving Board Certification in Emergency Medicine by the ABPS gave me the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of the art of EM in an objective way. The high bar that ABPS sets for candidates to be allowed to take both the written and oral exam is a testament to ABPS's rigorous vetting of one's ability to practice Emergency Medicine at a high level. By maintaining these credentials, I've been able to instill confidence in my abilities at the department/employer level and ultimately with the patients that choose to seek emergency care at the facilities at which I practice.

Royce Mathew Joseph, MD
Emergency Medicine
The American Board of Physician Specialties has supported the entire field of Integrative Medicine in sponsoring our board. It has been so validating of the importance of prevention-oriented and holistic approaches to care while emphasizing the scientific basis of this specialty to have it recognized by ABPS. I am proud to have been one of the first groups to be board certified by ABPS in Integrative Medicine, leading the way for others committed to training in this specialty.

Myles Spar, MD
Integrative Medicine