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.

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

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.

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
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