Qualified ABMS, AOABOS, RCPSC & CFPC Diplomates Can Recertify with the ABPS

Dual Board CertificationRecertification through the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) is not limited to Diplomates of the ABPS. Eligible physicians who have achieved board certification through the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), the American Osteopathic Association Board of Osteopathic Specialists (AOABOS), the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) Board, or the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) Board also may seek recertification from their corresponding ABPS specialty boards.

Physicians who currently are board certified through one of the certifying bodies listed above must be in good standing with their board and their status must be current. Diplomates from other certifying bodies have a slightly different path to recertification than current ABPS Diplomates, who are required to document 50 hours of Continuing Medical Education (CME) per year with at least 25 in specialty for the eight-year period after the most recent certification or recertification exam. Current ABPS Diplomates also must complete 50 self-assessment questions per year and complete a non-remedial medical ethics program.

Diplomates from other bodies may have the medical ethics requirement and the self-assessment questions waived, but will be required to meet additional requirements, including:

  • Completion of a National Practitioner Data Bank Self-Query
  • A copy of their medical degree
  • Documentation of their internship
  • Documentation of their residency training

To learn more about the physician board recertification standards and requirements for Diplomates from the ABMS, the AOABOS, the RCPSC and the CFPC, contact the ABPS today. The ABPS is the official board certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.

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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.

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
Internal Medicine
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