ABPS Testing Information for 2019

ABPS Testing Information for 2019The American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS) administers written, computer-based examinations at a network of testing centers in the United States and Canada. Depending on a candidate’s specialty, he or she may sit for testing during one of two testing periods: May 1–21, 2019, or October 1–21, 2019. The 2018 Emergency Medicine certification exam will be administered during the October testing period in 2018. Beginning in 2019, however, the new testing period for the Emergency Medicine exam will be August 1-21.

Registered candidates for ABPS certification exams may choose the location, day, and time available within the testing window to sit for their exam. Evening and weekend hours are available at select locations. For more information about the exam process, application deadlines, test dates, and our pricing schedules, please refer to the applicable Member Board under the “Board Certifications” tab above.

Please note that the ABPS has recently moved to an online application system supported by Aperture Credentialing, LLC. This new system allows for a more streamlined process, from application submission to primary source verification to credentialing by the applicable specialty board’s credentialing committee. Healthcare organizations also use Aperture’s CredentialSmart system as a primary source to verify the certification statuses of ABPS Diplomates.

A physician seeking to become an ABPS Diplomate must submit a fully completed application. The application fee will be invoiced according to the date the application is received by the ABPS. Depending on the number of applications being processed, confirmation of an application’s status may take anywhere from two to four weeks. An application will be deemed complete when it has been verified to include all documentation required, in accordance with the applicable specialty board’s eligibility requirements. Submitting an incomplete or late application may prevent you from taking an exam in your preferred testing period.

Some ABPS Member Boards administer oral exams as part of the testing process. Candidates seeking initial certification through these Member Boards must successfully pass the applicable written exam before being allowed to sit for the oral component. Please be advised that oral exams are administered once a year in Tampa, Florida. Approximately three months before the exams, registration paperwork will be mailed to eligible candidates. You are advised to refer to your specialty’s Member Board for information about its oral exam requirements, if any, including the 2019 oral exam dates.

To pay for application and exam fees, checks and money orders should be made payable to the ABPS. The ABPS also accepts payment via Mastercard, Visa, Discover, and American Express. Candidates are responsible for their own travel expenses, including flights and hotel accommodations. The ABPS will not be held responsible for any non-exam-related expenses, including travel expenses and lost wages.

For more information about the ABPS testing process, contact the ABPS today. The ABPS is the official certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.®

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When I think historically, advancement in medicine and patient safety and care has been driven by the diversity of people and scientific thought. That’s what I found at the ABPS and more. For over 60 years that is just who we are. I found a physician certifying body that provides a choice and voice to all physicians ensuring that patients are always placed first.

Jerry Allison, MD
Emergency Medicine
When I decided to pursue a full time role as a physician executive it was important to me to obtain additional professional training, education and work experience. Board certification through the ABPS in Administrative Medicine is validation of my efforts and a demonstration of dedication to professional development. We need more physicians to become full time health care executives, knowing there is a board certification option in Administrative Medicine encourages physicians to take the leap from full time clinical practice to healthcare organizational leadership.

Richard Paula, MD
Administrative Medicine
The American Board of Physician Specialties has provided me with the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of internal medicine through board certification. As a hospitalist, board certification is an expected credential, and hospitals recognize the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) as one of the three standard credentialling bodies for Internal Medicine. Additionally, the ABPS has helped me develop leadership skills as a Board member and Committee Chairperson. ABPS has also helped me sharpen critical thinking skills as a test question developer and reviewer. The Allopathic (MD) and Osteopathic (DO) physicians in the ABPS are lifelong learners and frequently pursue multiple board certifications. I enjoy the camaraderie of my peers in ABPS.

Loren Jay Chassels, DO
Internal Medicine