ABPS Code of Ethics Guides Diplomates in the Practice of Medicine

As one of the highest honors a physician can receive, board certification from the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS) is rightly a demanding process. But it’s one that yields enormous benefits. Not only does it make physicians more marketable to potential employers and increases opportunities for career advancement, but certification also gives doctors a meaningful voice in the healthcare community. ABPS Diplomates are considered leaders in their fields, whether it’s a traditional specialty like family medicine and dermatology or an emerging field like integrative medicine and disaster medicine.

Respected medical institutions across the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico continually rely on our Diplomates because they understand that only physicians who are fully committed to the advancement of patient care and safety earn ABPS certification. After all, we are the only major certifying body that requires a non-remedial medical ethics course every eight years. With the ABPS code of ethics as an indispensable guide in their medical practice, our Diplomates:

  • Maintain an unimpeachable standard of personal conduct
  • Uphold the laws and regulations related to the practice of medicine
  • Utilize only legal and ethical means to care for patients
  • Provide impartial patient care, offering no special privileges based on a patient’s race, color, creed, sex, age, national origin or handicap
  • Maintain the confidentiality of privileged patient information
  • Accept no personal compensation from any party that would require special consideration in how patient care is provided
  • Cooperate in every reasonable way with other physicians to deliver quality patient care

Furthermore, ABPS-certified physicians exercise every opportunity to improve public understanding of the physician specialist’s role. And, whether an ABPS Diplomate operates a busy private practice or works at a major teaching facility, that physician abides by ethical standards that assure patients that their health and well-being are always of the utmost priority.

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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