Certification Eligibility & Testing for the American Board of Physician Specialties®
The American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS) – committed to Enhancing Patient Care through Physician Excellence – is one of the most highly respected multispecialty certifying organizations in North America. It is the mission of the ABPS to establish the highest standards in physician board certification, and to help the physician specialist achieve success in a rapidly changing healthcare landscape. A recognized choice for board certification since 1960, the ABPS has grown in stature considerably over the decades. Today, it comprises 12 governing boards that oversee the physician board certification process for 18 specialties and subspecialties. The ABPS is the official board certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.® (AAPS) and readily accepts applications for certification from qualified allopathic and osteopathic physicians actively practicing in the United States, Canada, or Puerto Rico.
ABPS Certification Exams
Candidates for certification by an ABPS Member Board must pass a computer-based, written examination to earn board certification. 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. Written exams take place under standardized conditions across an expansive network of secure testing sites throughout the United States and Canada in May, August, or October, depending on the specialty. Oral exams are offered once a year virtually. For specialties requiring oral examinations, candidates must first successfully pass a written exam.
To be eligible for an ABPS board certification or re-certification exam, candidates must apply before the published deadline. To view the application and exam schedule for each specialty in 2022, as well as a list of specialties that require an oral exam, click here.
Physicians currently board certified through the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) or the American Orthopedic Association (AOA) are eligible to recertify through the ABPS.
Learn More About ABPS Member Boards
If you’re interested in pursuing certification in a traditional field like internal medicine or dermatology, we encourage you to apply to the ABPS. In addition to our many certification options in traditional specialties, we offer unique certifications. For example, physicians who have extensive experience working in emergency departments, but who completed their residencies in a primary care field, can earn board certification in emergency medicine with the ABPS without needing to complete an additional residency.
The value of certification through the ABPS can’t be overstated. Our 12 Member Boards are recognized by the U.S Department of Labor as well as credentialing organizations such as Greely, HCPro, and the National Association of Medical Staff Services (NAMSS) as top options for physician certification. We certify physician specialists who are committed above all else to providing superior patient care – not just to the business of medicine. Click on this link to learn more about our individual ABPS Member Boards. We also invite you to learn more about the ABPS by reading this short brochure, which can be viewed online or downloaded.