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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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