ABPS Board Certification General Policies

ABPS Board Certification General PoliciesThe American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS) is one of the three most prominent nationally recognized multi-specialty certifying entities in North America. We offer a path toward board certification and recertification in 18 different specialties and recognize licensed physicians who have shown, through testing and performance, mastery of their medical fields. Diplomates of the ABPS practice in some of the most prestigious healthcare institutions in the United States. Additionally, ABPS Diplomates are in all 50 states, the District of Colombia, Puerto Rico, and Canada. As with any recognized physician certifying body, the ABPS has well-established board certification policies.

These polices serve to support our mission, which is to offer the highest standard of physician board certification that meets the health care needs of the public while helping physicians to achieve success in the evolving medical industry. Our policies outline the purposes of our boards of certification and the eligibility requirements for certification through the ABPS.

Additionally, our policies detail the application process for certification and recertification, how our exams are developed and administered, and how certification credentials are verified. Also, addressed in the ABPS guidelines are our exam fees, and fees for certification and recertification, as well as our refund policy. Candidates with questions about test site regulations and exam scoring and reporting can also find answers by consulting our policy guidelines. The same goes for candidates who want more information about the procedures on raising complaints and filing appeals.

ABPS policy also makes accommodations on the basis of religion or disability, and our guidelines address these in great detail. And, finally, credentialers and prospective board certification candidates who seek a clearer understanding of the benefits of ABPS board certification and the code by which our Diplomates strive to adhere to, can find a statement of our values in our Code of Ethics included in our policy guidelines.

Backed by the strongest standards of ethics and integrity in the medical community, the ABPS is dedicated to helping qualified physicians provide the best care possible. For more information about our certification policies, contact the ABPS. The ABPS is the official certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.®

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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.

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