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