Certification Eligibility & Testing for the American Board of Physician Specialties®

ABPS Eligibility & TestingThe 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.

 

 

 

 

 

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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