Who Are ABPS Diplomates?

ABPS DiplomatesABPS Diplomates – physicians who have received Board Certification through the American Board of Physician Specialties® – are recognized leaders in their specialty areas. The ABPS is the third-largest multi-specialty certifying organization in United States, and currently our Diplomates practice medicine in all 50 states as well as in Canada and Puerto Rico. The ABPS has worked diligently to be dynamic, forward thinking and committed to ensuring that our Diplomates have the opportunity to grow professionally and collaborate to improve patient care.

Physician Board Certification in Emerging Specialties

At the ABPS, we offer Board Certification opportunities that physician candidates may not always be able to find elsewhere. For example, due to the emerging popularity of Integrative Medicine, we developed the American Board of Integrative Medicine® (ABOIM), which is the first Member Board to offer Board Certification to physicians who have dedicated their careers to this growing specialty area.

The Board of Certification in Emergency Medicine® (BCEM) is another Member Board at the ABPS. In addition to offering certification to highly qualified EM physicians, we also offer Primary Care physician candidates who have spent their careers in the ER the opportunity to pursue certification. While the eligibility requirements are rigorous, the process is unique to the ABPS and is a great benefit to those physicians who would otherwise be ineligible for certification in their area of expertise.

The ABPS Recognizes the Business Expertise of Physician Leaders

Recent changes in healthcare policy have also created tremendous opportunities for highly motivated, extensively trained physicians to attain leadership positions in healthcare organizations of all sizes, while steering the direction of the medical sector as a whole. For this reason, the American Board of Administrative Medicine® (ABAM) was developed to offer Board Certification to physicians with expertise in both the healthcare and business sides of medicine.

ABPS Diplomates Practice a Variety of Medical Specialties

Of course, these are just three examples of the types of specialties that the ABPS recognizes through formal Board Certification. Our Diplomates also practice:

  • Administrative Medicine
  • Anesthesiology
  • Dermatology
  • Diagnostic Radiology
  • Disaster Medicine
  • Family Medicine
  • Family Medicine Obstetrics
  • Geriatric Medicine
  • Hospital Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
  • Psychiatry
  • Radiation Oncology
  • General Surgery
  • Urgent Care

Eligibility Requirements of the ABPS

Although each of the ABPS Member Boards above has its own eligibility requirements, there are several general requirements that they all share, including:

  • Completion of an accredited residency
  • Attestation of an unrestricted medical license
  • Completion of between 15 and 50 hours of continuing medical education for recertification

To earn certification with an ABPS Member Board, candidates must pass a computer-based, written examination. Some Member Boards also require an oral exam. The written examination for each ABPS Member Board is multiple-choice format and developed by certified physicians as subject matter experts.

The ABPS Invites Physicians to Apply for Board Certification

To learn more about who ABPS Diplomates are and what it takes to become Board Certified through one of our various Member Boards, contact the ABPS today. Healthcare and credentialing organizations are invited to verify physician certification through our portal found here, while members of the public can determine if their physician is board certified here. The ABPS is the official certifying organization of the American Association of Physician Specialists®.

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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