American Board of Physician Specialties Offers a Pragmatic Approach to Board Certification

As one of the highest honors physicians can earn, board certification serves to validate a physician’s skills and knowledge. It’s a completely voluntary process marked by rigor and relevance, particularly in the case of certification at the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS). Like other prominent certification boards, our eligibility requirements are stringent, and our candidates must pass a comprehensive specialty exam to achieve certification. But part of what makes us unique goes back to 1952. That’s when a group of osteopathic surgeons who were denied certification by the AOA and ABMS because they did not complete osteopathic residencies created a certification board that didn’t discriminate on training and actually tested a physician’s knowledge of the specialty.

Certification in Emerging Medical Specialties

Today, the ABPS still takes a non-discriminatory and pragmatic approach, offering both allopathic and osteopathic physicians certification options in a variety of specialties, from traditional fields like family medicine and dermatology to emerging specialties like integrative medicine and disaster medicine. As healthcare continues to evolve, we remain committed to our goal of enabling physicians to gain personal and professional advancement while meeting today’s increasing demands for patient care. To that end, we have created other boards that are unique in the certification industry, including:

  • The American Board of Integrative Medicine (ABOIM)
  • The Board of Certification in Urgent Care Medicine (BCUCM)
  • The Board of Certification in Family Medicine Obstetrics (BCFMO)
  • The American Board of Administrative Medicine (ABAM)
  • The Board of Certification in Emergency Medicine (BCEM)

More Competition Leads to Better Healthcare

At the ABPS, we believe that more competition among certification organizations leads to more innovation and improvements. With more certification options available, physicians have the flexibility to choose the board that is most consistent with their values and best fosters their career development. Consider our emergency medicine board, the BCEM. While other multi-specialty organization may have emergency medicine boards, the BCEM is the only one that offers a pathway for primary-care trained doctors. Given the nation’s ongoing shortage of emergency medicine physicians in a time when more employers are prioritizing the hiring of board-certified physicians, the certification offered by the ABPS is critically important.

To learn more about the ABPS and any of our Member Boards, contact us today. We will be happy to provide you with detailed information about our eligibility requirements.

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Patient Care Is Our Priority

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