Why Become Board Certified by the American Board of Physician Specialties?

Board CertificationThe American Board of Physician Specialties® is a nationally recognized physician multi-specialty certifying body that takes a pragmatic approach to physician board certification. It goes way back to our founding in 1952 when a group of osteopathic surgeons who completed allopathic residencies were denied certification through the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) because they did not complete osteopathic residencies and then were denied by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) because they were osteopathic physicians. So, these doctors decided to establish a certification board—the ABPS—that didn’t discriminate based on training and truly tested a physician’s knowledge of the specialty.

The ABPS certified its first physician in 1960 and since then has certified and recertified both allopathic and osteopathic physicians in a range of specialties. Today, the ABPS has Diplomates in all 50 states, as well as Canada, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia, and many ABPS Diplomates have become leaders at renowned institutions.

At the ABPS, we believe that, as with other industries, more competition in board certification leads to more innovation and improvements. But we also believe that certification should be reserved for physicians who can demonstrate an exceptional level of expertise in their specialty. That’s why we maintain stringent eligibility requirements and have developed rigorous exams to ensure only the most skilled and dedicated physicians earn this coveted designation.

Once certified by the ABPS, physicians can expect several benefits. First, they become members of a distinguished community of like-minded professionals committed to offering the highest standard of patient care. With more hospitals than ever prioritizing hiring board-certified physicians, ABPS certification also makes physicians more marketable to employers. Furthermore, the ABPS works tirelessly to establish relationships with healthcare organizations, hospital groups, legislators, and other stakeholders to ensure that our physicians have a voice in the community and that patient care always takes priority over the business side of medicine.

If you are a licensed physician researching board certification options consistent with how your specialty is practiced today, contact the ABPS to learn about our eligibility requirements and the additional benefits of ABPS certification.

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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.

ABPS provides a guarantee of a high level of competency. Not only has this been good for my professional development but it has assured my patients that the clinicians they see are trained to the highest degree.


Mimi Guarneri, MD, FACC
Integrative Medicine
I value my ABPS certification very highly because it is one-of-a-kind certification in Urgent Care Medicine under the auspices of a larger, reputable organization. I really enjoy the professional and personal relationships I have formed with other individuals in the development of this new board and appreciate the great lengths that ABPS goes to ensure and enhance the recognition of it's component boards.
Joseph D. Toscano, MD
Urgent Care Medicine
ABPS gives its members unique opportunities to learn and develop professionally. I have been practicing Emergency Medicine for over 27 years and have been privileged to be a member of this fabulous organization. Through ABPS I have developed tremendously in my professional career becoming a consummate practitioner of my trade, a physician leader locally at my hospital, in my region , at the state level, and a published clinical researcher.
Leslie Mukau, MD, FAAEP, FACEP
Emergency Medicine