About the American Board of Physician Specialties

ABPS AboutThe American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) is the official board certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc. (AAPS). As the third largest nationally recognized physician multi-specialty certifying body in the United States, ABPS is known across all 50 states and Puerto Rico for offering a path toward board certification and recertification for qualified allopathic and osteopathic physicians in 20 different specialties.

In order to be eligible for board certification or recertification through the ABPS, licensed physicians must meet the stringent eligibility requirements that have been defined by the specialty boards. While these minimum standards vary depending on the specialty, ABPS places an emphasis on not only psychometrically evaluated testing and advanced training but also moral character and experience. Furthermore, ABPS has a clear path toward recertification for qualified physicians. Our standards for recertification vary depending on the specialty board, but typically include a commitment to continuing medical education, successful completion of a recertification examination, participation in a non-remedial medical ethics program, and other similar requirements.

ABPS is also well known for working with physicians to provide unique opportunities for board certification in their specialty. For instance, physicians who have extensive experience working in emergency departments, but completed their residencies in a primary care field, have the opportunity to earn board certification in Emergency Medicine with the ABPS without needing to complete an additional residency. It’s just one example of how we address the individual needs of healthcare professionals.

Another defining characteristic of the ABPS is our commitment to emerging public health issues. This is why we’ve developed innovative new boards in Disaster Medicine, Integrative Medicine, Hospital Medicine, Family Medicine Obstetrics, and Urgent Care Medicine – among others. In the case of Disaster Medicine, we’re the only board certifying organization to offer this essential and increasingly relevant board certification.

The ABPS was founded to recognize licensed physicians who have mastered their respective fields of medicine. Increasingly, hospitals and medical staff placement agencies are prioritizing hiring board certified physicians, and we feel it is important to offer qualified professionals a choice when they’re researching board certifying bodies. The AAPS was founded by a group of surgeons in 1950, and over the last several decades our team of professionals has worked tirelessly to improve the certification process in order to ensure that our Diplomates are recognized for their achievements in the medical profession.

If you are interested in pursuing board certification in your specialty and you are exploring your options, contact ABPS today. We’ll be happy to explain the eligibility requirements for certification through the ABPS, the advantages that ABPS Diplomates enjoy, and answer any questions you may have.

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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.

Board certification through the American Board of Physician Specialties has served to substantiate my interest and additional training in several fields of medicine including Internal Medicine, Disaster Medicine, and Administrative Medicine. As a result, I have been able to serve my community in clinical, disaster response, and administrative medicine roles. Through the ABPS, I have become recognized as a leader in my various fields of interest.

Spencer Price MD, MPH, MBA
Internal Medicine, Disaster Medicine, Administrative Medicine
BCEM certification through ABPS has provided me with many opportunities. It has helped me demonstrate that I have special experience and expertise in Emergency Medicine beyond that obtained through my family medicine training. BCEM certification firmly established me as an emergency medicine specialist once I started working in emergency medicine full time. ABPS has also helped me network with other family physicians with a passion for improving rural and underserved emergency medicine practice.

Alex Beuning, MD, FAAEP
Emergency Medicine
Personal challenge and motivation compelled me to pass my ABPS board exam. Measurement and confirmation of my own knowledge base reinforced my self-confidence. The ABPS, with its history of inclusivity, has allowed me to have a voice in the organization, while permitting me to impact overall national patient safety and care through certification. Participation in exam development afforded me the opportunity to witness the rigorousness of the exam process and psychometrically sound product, while developing meaningful collegiality, professional life enrichment, and warding off burn out.

Elizabeth Maxwell-Schmidt MD, FAAEP, FACEP
Emergency Medicine