The American Board of Physician Specialties® Is a Choice for Board Certification

After dedicating a big part of their lives to medical training, to say nothing of the financial investment it requires, physicians should have the flexibility to choose the certification board that is most consistent with their values and best fosters their career development. Fortunately, there are several physician certification choices in the industry. Among the most prominent are those of the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS), the ABMS, and the AOA, and of those three boards, the ABPS is the only one that offers certification in the growing field of integrative medicine and the only that requires that recertification candidates complete a medical ethics course. Furthermore, as a multi-specialty certification body committed to offering the highest certification standards in an evolving industry, the ABPS is recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor as a leading choice for physician board certification.

The ABPS Takes a Pragmatic Approach to Certification

The ABPS’s unique position among certification entities has roots that go back to 1952. That’s when a group of osteopathic surgeons who were denied certification by the AOA and ABMS because they did not complete osteopathic residencies created a certification board that didn’t discriminate on training and actually tested a physician’s knowledge of the specialty. Today, the ABPS maintains that non-discriminatory and pragmatic approach, offering both allopathic and osteopathic physicians certification options in a range of specialties.

Physician Certification That Aligns With the Public’s Healthcare Needs

If you’re interested in pursuing certification in a traditional field like family medicine or dermatology, we encourage you to apply to the ABPS. But in addition to our many certification options in traditional specialties, we offer unique certifications. For instance, physicians who have extensive experience working in emergency departments, but who completed their residencies in a primary care field, can earn board certification in emergency medicine with the ABPS without needing to complete an additional residency. As an organization committed to meeting the challenges of emerging public health issues, the ABPS has developed boards that are unique in the certification industry, including the American Board of Integrative Medicine (ABOIM), the Board of Certification in Emergency Medicine (BCEM), the Board of Certification in Urgent Care Medicine (BCUCM), and the Board of Certification in Family Medicine Obstetrics (BCFMO).

To learn more about the ABPS, the advantages to board certification through our organization, and our various eligibility requirements, contact us today.

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In this time of uncertainty, Disaster Medicine Certification has helped tremendously to demonstrate to hospital leadership my commitment to disaster preparedness and knowledge of planning, response, and mitigation. ABODM certification focuses on the knowledge and skills a physician needs to become a recognized leader in the four stages of disaster preparation and management: planning, coordination, execution, and debriefing.

Lewis W, Marshall, MD, JD, FAAEP, FAADM
Disaster Medicine | Emergency Medicine
ABPS board certification validates a physician's competence in their medical specialty. This is important to a patient seeking medical care. Physician recertification through ABPS assures that we maintain knowledge and expertise throughout our career. The ABPS is a collegial and committed organization of physicians and administrative staff. The organization has given me the opportunity to become involved in all facets of the board certification process and physician governance.

Lawrence Stein, MD, FAASOS
Orthopedic Surgery
ABPS is a leading advocate for its Diplomates, their patients, and the public at large by promoting high-quality evidence-based patient care. ABPS certifies physicians through industry-leading rigorous examinations in various boards and offers continuous recertification making sure that these physicians are qualified to practice safe state of the art medicine.

Leslie Mukau, MD, FAAEP, FACEP
Emergency Medicine