A Recognized Choice in Physician Board Certification

The American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS) was founded in 1952 to recognize licensed and qualified physicians who have mastered their respective fields of medicine. As a multi-specialty physician certifying body that includes 12 Member Boards with Diplomates in 20 specialties, the ABPS has itself been recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor as a leading choice for physician board certification.

We take a pragmatic approach to certification that enables physicians to gain personal and professional advancement while meeting today’s increasing demands for patient care. Our Diplomates practice throughout the United States, as well as Canada and Puerto Rico, and are widely considered to be leaders in their fields. Top medical entities and professional organizations have taken note, updating their bylaws, policies, and standards to include the ABPS.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Veterans’ Health Administration, and the United States Armed Forces under the GI Bill are just a few of the federal organizations that recognize ABPS certifications. State medical boards also retain strict language that recognizes the ABPS, and some, such as Florida, has in fact written ABPS into their stringent language. Furthermore, leading healthcare and credentialing organizations such as Greely, HCPro, and the National Association of Medical Staff Services (NAMSS), recognize the ABPS.

More Competition Leads to Improved Health Care

The ABPS believes that physicians should certify with the organization that best aligns with their values and priorities. That’s why we welcome the 2018 U.S. Department of Justice opinion that essentially favors more competition in physician board certification. More competition fosters innovation and improvements. By providing physicians with another recognized choice for board certification besides the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), the ABPS promotes competition that can lead to better patient care.

According to a comprehensive assessment by industry leader Castle Worldwide, our rigorous certification standards are equivalent to those set by ABMS and AOA. We are the smallest of the three multi-specialty certifying entities, but our size allows us to be more responsive to the needs of physicians in health care today. We are tireless advocates for our Diplomates, working with legislators and other decision-makers to ensure that our community is well represented while providing our Diplomates with opportunities to share best practices, success stories, and learning moments to improve patient care as a whole.

If you would like more information about our opportunities for physician board certification, contact the ABPS. We are the official board certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.®, a 501 (c) (6) not-for-profit organization.

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Medical organizations throughout North America understand that our rigorous certification standards prove that ABPS Diplomates are capable of delivering the best patient care possible.

In this time of uncertainty, Disaster Medicine Certification has helped tremendously to demonstrate to hospital leadership my commitment to disaster preparedness and knowledge of planning, response, and mitigation. ABODM certification focuses on the knowledge and skills a physician needs to become a recognized leader in the four stages of disaster preparation and management: planning, coordination, execution, and debriefing.

Lewis W, Marshall, MD, JD, FAAEP, FAADM
Disaster Medicine | Emergency Medicine
ABPS board certification validates a physician's competence in their medical specialty. This is important to a patient seeking medical care. Physician recertification through ABPS assures that we maintain knowledge and expertise throughout our career. The ABPS is a collegial and committed organization of physicians and administrative staff. The organization has given me the opportunity to become involved in all facets of the board certification process and physician governance.

Lawrence Stein, MD, FAASOS
Orthopedic Surgery
ABPS is a leading advocate for its Diplomates, their patients, and the public at large by promoting high-quality evidence-based patient care. ABPS certifies physicians through industry-leading rigorous examinations in various boards and offers continuous recertification making sure that these physicians are qualified to practice safe state of the art medicine.

Leslie Mukau, MD, FAAEP, FACEP
Emergency Medicine