ABPS Board Certifications for Family Medicine Residents

Becoming a family medicine physician is a long and arduous process, requiring years of rigorous medical school study followed by comprehensive residency training. As if this was not challenging enough, in order to become a practicing physician, a doctor must then earn a medical license, which requires candidates to pass a standardized exam. After they obtain a license, they typically must update it every one or two years in order to keep practicing.

New practitioners will quickly learn that today’s medical marketplace is extremely competitive. Even physicians of unquestionable talent will more than likely seek some verifiable way, beyond their track record of patient care, to show that they possess extraordinary medical expertise. More and more, to distinguish themselves, family medicine physicians are turning to certification bodies like the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS).

A nationally recognized choice for physician board certification, the ABPS offers qualified doctors, including family medicine residents with proven knowledge and case experience, board certification in numerous specialties. Here a few of them:

  • Disaster Medicine
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Family Medicine
  • Family Medicine Obstetrics
  • Integrative Medicine
  • Urgent Care Medicine

The ABPS offers board certification for a wide variety of specialties. Make no mistake, though, earning certification through an ABPS Member Board is tough. After satisfying stringent eligibility requirements, candidates must pass a rigorous specialty exam. Once certified, Diplomates must complete several hours of continuing medical education annually.

But the benefits of ABPS certification are especially noteworthy. In addition to enjoying recognition and respect from medical colleagues, ABPS Diplomates are vastly more marketable to potential employers. In a time when hospitals are increasingly hiring only board-certified physicians, the value of certification cannot be overstated.

If you are a family medicine resident who is thinking of pursuing certification in your area of expertise, we encourage you to apply to the ABPS. Contact us today for information about our eligibility requirements, our Member Boards, and our commitment to certification standards designed to meet the evolving healthcare needs of the public.

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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