ABPS is one of the three most prominent nationally recognized multi-specialty certifying entities.

The mission of the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS) is to offer the highest standards in physician board certification that meets the healthcare needs of the public, while benefiting physicians in achieving success in the evolving medical environment.

What Is ABPS?

The American Board of Physician Specialties is a nationally recognized multi-specialty certifying body that offers both allopathic and osteopathic physicians certification in a range of specialties. While certification is a voluntary process, its achievement represents an abiding commitment to patient care and is one of the highest honors that physicians can receive. We certified our first physician in 1960, and our Diplomates can now be found across all 50 states, as well as Canada and Puerto Rico.

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How to Become ABPS Certified

The board certification exams offered by the ABPS enable successful candidates to present to the public as qualified specialists in their chosen medical field. Passing the exams indicates mastery of the specialty’s skills and knowledge, as well as a professional commitment to adhere to the ABPS Medical Code of Ethics.

To be eligible to apply for initial board certification, an applicant must first satisfy the general requirements of the ABPS.
After applicants are deemed eligible, they must successfully complete a computer-based written exam in order to earn board certification.
Some of our Member Boards require that candidates also pass an oral exam after successfully completing the written component.
Once granted, certificates from the ABPS are good for eight years, expiring on December 31 of the eighth year.
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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