ABPS Is a Credible Choice

Team of young doctorsIt’s understandable that name recognition plays a role when it comes time for a physician to choose a certification board. Although the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS) has become one of the most trusted names in board certification, many physicians who are more familiar with bigger boards may be denying themselves a credible and widely respected option in the ABPS.

As one of three nationally recognized multi-specialty certifying organizations in North America, the ABPS offers unique advantages. For instance, we are the only multi-specialty certifying board in the United States to offer certification in emerging specialties like integrative medicine, family medicine obstetrics, and disaster medicine.

We also offer career emergency medicine physicians an ideal pathway to certification in the specialty. In the past, those who trained in a primary care field but wanted industry recognition for their emergency room expertise were ineligible for certification in emergency medicine. But, through the ABPS’ emergency medicine fellowship program, those professionals have a track to EM certification.

ABPS Diplomates Practice at the Nation’s Most Renowned Institutions

The ABPS has 12 Member Boards and offers board certification and recertification in 18 different specialties. We have certified numerous extensively qualified and highly talented physicians who practice at some of the country’s finest healthcare institutions and are in all 50 states, the District of Colombia, Puerto Rico, and Canada.

Eligibility Requirements of the ABPS

Since certifying our first physician way back in 1960, we have maintained a pragmatic and inclusive approach to certification, offering certification to both allopathic and osteopathic physicians. At the ABPS, we’ve also long held the belief 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. The eligibility requirements of the ABPS differ from specialty to specialty, but all ABPS Member Boards share certain requirements, including:

  • Being in conformity with the Code of Ethics of the ABPS, being known in the community as an ethical member of the profession, and being an active practitioner in the specialty for which you’re seeking certification
  • Having graduated from a recognized U.S., Canadian, or international allopathic or osteopathic college of medicine. International graduates must also hold a valid Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) Certificate.
  • Holding a valid and unrestricted license(s) to practice medicine in the United States, U.S. territories, or Canada.

If you would like more information about what makes the ABPS a credible choice for physician board certification, contact us today.

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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