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.

ABPS gives its members unique opportunities to learn and develop professionally. I have been practicing Emergency Medicine for over 27 years and have been privileged to be a member of this fabulous organization. Through ABPS I have developed tremendously in my professional career becoming a consummate practitioner of my trade, a physician leader locally at my hospital, in my region , at the state level, and a published clinical researcher.
Leslie Mukau, MD, FAAEP, FACEP
Emergency Medicine
ABPS provides a guarantee of a high level of competency. Not only has this been good for my professional development but it has assured my patients that the clinicians they see are trained to the highest degree.


Mimi Guarneri, MD, FACC
Integrative Medicine
I value my ABPS certification very highly because it is one-of-a-kind certification in Urgent Care Medicine under the auspices of a larger, reputable organization. I really enjoy the professional and personal relationships I have formed with other individuals in the development of this new board and appreciate the great lengths that ABPS goes to ensure and enhance the recognition of it's component boards.
Joseph D. Toscano, MD
Urgent Care Medicine