The American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) Offers Residents Options in Physician Board Certification

As one of the highest honors that physicians can receive, board certification represents an abiding commitment to patient care. By providing physicians with an opportunity to thoroughly demonstrate their base of knowledge, professional skill, and dedication to ongoing education and training, certification serves as measurable proof of a physician’s expertise. If you are a resident seeking to distinguish yourself and bolster your career through certification, you should know that the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS) offers certification options.

Since certifying our first physician in 1960, we have become a nationally recognized choice for certification, offering a path toward board certification and recertification in 18 different specialties. We have certified numerous extensively qualified and highly talented physicians in traditional medical fields such as dermatology, family medicine, and internal medicine as well as in innovative specialties such as disaster medicine, integrative medicine, and family medicine obstetrics. In fact, as one of three prominent multi-specialty certifying bodies in the United States, we are the only one that offers certification in these emerging specialties. Currently, ABPS Diplomates across the various specialties practice at some of the finest healthcare institutions in the country and are in all 50 states, the District of Colombia, Puerto Rico, and Canada.

What’s more, the ABPS is:

  • Recognized in the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook as a choice for physician board certification
  • Supported by Aperture Credentialing, the nation’s most experienced healthcare provider credentialing company
  • The only multi-specialty certifying body that requires its Diplomates to complete a medical ethics course to achieve recertification

When you become board certified with an ABPS Member Board, you will become part of a community of like-minded physician leaders who represent some of the most skilled physicians in your area of expertise. Furthermore, the ABPS will advocate diligently on your behalf, as we have a strong track record of work with credentialing authorities, hiring groups, hospital organizations, and legislators to get our Diplomates the credit and opportunities they deserve.

For more information about the ABPS, including details about our eligibility requirements for 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.

ABPS is a leading advocate for its Diplomates, their patients, and the public at large by promoting high-quality evidence-based patient care. ABPS certifies physicians through industry-leading rigorous examinations in various boards and offers continuous recertification making sure that these physicians are qualified to practice safe state of the art medicine.

Leslie Mukau, MD, FAAEP, FACEP
Emergency Medicine
In this time of uncertainty, Disaster Medicine Certification has helped tremendously to demonstrate to hospital leadership my commitment to disaster preparedness and knowledge of planning, response, and mitigation. ABODM certification focuses on the knowledge and skills a physician needs to become a recognized leader in the four stages of disaster preparation and management: planning, coordination, execution, and debriefing.

Lewis W, Marshall, MD, JD, FAAEP, FAADM
Disaster Medicine | Emergency Medicine
ABPS board certification validates a physician's competence in their medical specialty. This is important to a patient seeking medical care. Physician recertification through ABPS assures that we maintain knowledge and expertise throughout our career. The ABPS is a collegial and committed organization of physicians and administrative staff. The organization has given me the opportunity to become involved in all facets of the board certification process and physician governance.

Lawrence Stein, MD, FAASOS
Orthopedic Surgery