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.

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