Patient Care is the Priority of the American Board of Physician Specialties

Patient Care is the Priority of the American Board of Physician SpecialtiesConsulting a physician for a health problem can be anxiety-inducing for many people. It helps greatly, however, when patients trust that their physicians have the knowledge and expertise necessary for proper diagnosis and treatment. One way that physicians can foster trust is by becoming board certified. Physician board certification is a completely voluntary process, but because it’s so rigorous, requiring that candidates satisfy strict eligibility rules and pass comprehensive certification exams, it represents an exceptional commitment to patient care on the part of the physician.

Board Certification That Emphasizes Safe and Compassionate Medical Care

At the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS), we are committed to offering certification that meets the highest standards. Our written and oral exams are clinically based and psychometrically evaluated so that once a physician becomes ABPS certified, there can be no doubt that this individual has mastered the core competencies required to provide safe and compassionate care in a particular specialty.

Since our founding in 1952, the ABPS has never deviated from our commitment to exceptional patient care. Not only do our exams fairly and accurately measure physicians’ skills and knowledge, but unlike many health care organizations in the United States, we emphasize patient care over the business of medicine. The ABPS honestly assesses the existing shortcomings in the health care system and works diligently to find practical solutions that benefit patients above all else. That’s why we have addressed the nation’s shortage of qualified emergency physicians by offering emergency medicine certification without requiring physicians to have completed an additional residency. Furthermore, we strive to bring compassion back to the forefront of patient care by:

  • Advocating for our Diplomates and patients by promoting evidence-based patient care
  • Requiring that our Diplomates adhere to the ABPS Medical Code of Ethics
  • Offering continuous recertification to ensure that ABPS-certified physicians are qualified to practice safe, high-quality medicine

ABPS Board Certification Gives Patients Peace of Mind

Physicians certified by the ABPS represent some of the best medical minds and practice their specialties at some of the nation’s most trusted institutions. Guided by the ABPS code of ethics, our physicians are committed to providing impartial patient care, with no special privileges based on an individual’s race, color, creed, sex, age, national origin, or handicap. In fact, the ABPS is the only multi-specialty board that requires its Diplomates to complete a medical ethics course to earn certification.

By hiring ABPS Diplomates, health care leaders send a positive message to patients, who often make decisions about their medical care based on the credentials of a medical institution’s physicians. In other words, board certification instills patients with confidence in their physicians and the treatment they provide. Because a patient’s health and well-being are a good physician’s top priority, the benefits of certification to patients are immeasurable.

Verifying a Physician’s Certification

The ABPS offers a fast and accurate system for verifying the board certification of our Diplomates. Within the system, which you can find here, healthcare organizations and healthcare agencies have access to the physician’s specialty or specialties, certificate number, and expiration date. This database contains primary source-verified educational information for most of our physicians, which may be used for credentialing and other professional purposes. Additionally, the ABPS offers free online certification confirmation to the public, allowing patients to verify the board certification of ABPS physicians.

To learn more about our mission to certify qualified physicians who are committed to providing exceptional patient care, with no special privileges based on race, sex, age, or national origin, contact the ABPS today.

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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.

On October 18, 2007, President George W. Bush released Homeland Security Presidential Directive 21 (HSPD-21), calling on our nation, among other initiatives, to “collectively support and facilitate the establishment of a discipline of disaster health”. It is a great testament to the wisdom and foresight of the American Board of Physician Specialties that it immediately set to work and created, within the short span of only one year, an educational blueprint and set of certification examinations, both written and oral, for a new subspecialty of disaster medicine—and it is why I chose to be part this vital initiative and this wonderful organization. This is but one of the many innovative programs initiated by the American Board of Physician Specialties over the years, and why I am proud to support its work on behalf of our nation’s public health.

Art Cooper, MD
Disaster Medicine
When the American Board of Physician Specialties offered to host the American Board of Integrative Medicine, ABPS became a landmark organization working to move medicine into the twenty first century. Certifying physicians who have completed rigorous academic training in Integrative Medicine ensures that the field of Integrative Medicine will continue to develop academically, clinically, and professionally. The leadership of ABPS continues to impress me - they are diligent in constantly innovating to provide certifications for physicians who want to advance their careers and their areas of expertise. I am honored to be a part of this organization.

Ann Marie Chiasson, MD
Integrative Medicine
There are many ways board certification advances a physician career. ABPS Board examination verifies your accuracy, precision, and reflects your mastery of your residency training verifying your expertise. ABPS Board certification demonstrates your level of expertise beyond your practice experience, primary education degrees, and training which are necessary for insurance reimbursement and practice privilege requirements. Attaining your ABPS Board Certification will clarify your purpose, secure your practice growth, and expand into leadership positions. Board certification can serve as an indication of a physician’s commitment to medicine, beyond the minimal standards and competency of training, their measurement to quality of care, and attaining an award for excellence.

Chris Kunis MD
Internal Medicine
When I think historically, advancement in medicine and patient safety and care has been driven by the diversity of people and scientific thought. That’s what I found at the ABPS and more. For over 60 years that is just who we are. I found a physician certifying body that provides a choice and voice to all physicians ensuring that patients are always placed first.

Jerry Allison, MD
Emergency Medicine
When I decided to pursue a full time role as a physician executive it was important to me to obtain additional professional training, education and work experience. Board certification through the ABPS in Administrative Medicine is validation of my efforts and a demonstration of dedication to professional development. We need more physicians to become full time health care executives, knowing there is a board certification option in Administrative Medicine encourages physicians to take the leap from full time clinical practice to healthcare organizational leadership.

Richard Paula, MD
Administrative Medicine
The American Board of Physician Specialties has provided me with the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of internal medicine through board certification. As a hospitalist, board certification is an expected credential, and hospitals recognize the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) as one of the three standard credentialling bodies for Internal Medicine. Additionally, the ABPS has helped me develop leadership skills as a Board member and Committee Chairperson. ABPS has also helped me sharpen critical thinking skills as a test question developer and reviewer. The Allopathic (MD) and Osteopathic (DO) physicians in the ABPS are lifelong learners and frequently pursue multiple board certifications. I enjoy the camaraderie of my peers in ABPS.

Loren Jay Chassels, DO
Internal Medicine