About ABPS Board Certified Physicians

Doctor standing with stethoscope and arms crossedFor a physician to be qualified to practice medicine, he or she must be licensed in the state in which they wish to work. Board certification is the natural next step for physician credentialing. Board certification is a tool that is used to legitimize the training and mastery of core concepts that a physician has in his or her specialty, going above and beyond the basic licensure requirements. In fact, to become board certified through one of the several member boards of the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS), physician candidates must meet extensive eligibility requirements, pass a written and/or oral examination, and commit to continuing medical education.

A Commitment to Offering the Highest Standard of Board Certification

ABPS board-certified physicians are among the most qualified physicians in the healthcare industry because, in order to become certified, they are required to meet our stringent eligibility requirements. Yet, while this process can be challenging, the rewards are significant. Board-certified physicians are able to clearly demonstrate to patients, prospective employers, insurers, and other groups that they are recognized leaders in their specialties.

Of note, board certification from the ABPS is currently recognized by many state licensing authorities as well as several major federal agencies, including the Department of Labor, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Veterans’ Health Administration, and the United States Armed Forces under the GI Bill. Additionally, state medical boards retain strict language that recognizes the ABPS, and some, such as Florida’s, have in fact written ABPS into their stringent language.

ABPS certification is also listed on Healthgrades.com – which is America’s leading online resource for consumers and hospitals for researching the qualifications of physicians. Additionally, ABPS Diplomates have been primary source verified by Med Advantage, a Credentials Verification Organization (CVO) accredited by both the Joint Commission and National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).

How ABPS Certification Benefits Physicians

Our application process is rigorous. Candidates for certification must meet several eligibility requirements and pass a comprehensive specialty exam. Once certified, physicians must complete several hours of continuing medical education annually. It’s no wonder that only the most talented and committed physicians achieve certification through the ABPS. That they are also widely viewed as leaders in their fields is also not surprising. And as for other career benefits, consider that certification with an ABPS Member Board:

  • Makes physicians more marketable to potential employers
  • Enables physicians to gain opportunities for career advancement, which can lead to increased earning potential
  • Fosters recognition and respect from medical colleagues
  • Gives doctors a meaningful voice as valued members of the healthcare community

If you are a physician who is interested in learning more about the ABPS, contact us today. We offer qualified allopathic and osteopathic physicians a path toward board certification in a variety of specialties, such as family medicine, urgent care, and integrative medicine, just to name a few.

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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