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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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