Physician Certification and Recertification for ABPS, ABMS & AOABOS Members

ABPS Recertification ABMS AOAPhysician recertification through the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and the American Osteopathic Association/Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists (AOABOS) does not preclude practicing physicians who qualify from seeking recertification through the American Board of Physician Specialists (ABPS). In fact, many of the ABPS Diplomates in leadership positions are dual-certified through the ABPS and either the ABMS or AOABOS.

The rigorous standards of physician recertification and certification set by the ABPS compare favorably with other certifying bodies. The ABPS, which is the official certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc., emphasizes patient care and safety in rural areas as well as in major cities. The ABPS also requires applicants to pledge to abide by the organization’s code of ethics. In fact, the ABPS is the only multi-specialty certifying body to require the completion of a one-day, non-remedial ethics course for recertification.

A physician who achieves board certification or recertification through an ABPS Member Board belongs to a distinguished community of like-minded individuals whose shared priorities include:

  • The advancement of patient care and safety
  • An emphasis on patient care over the business of medicine
  • Sharing best practices and experiences among the membership
  • Active public advocacy for their chosen specialties

If you have received board certification through the ABMS or the AOABOS, consider recertification with a certifying body that embraces a big-tent philosophy, while adhering to rigorous standards for testing as well as for professional conduct. For more information about physician recertification and certification qualifications, or to request information about a particular Member Board, contact the ABPS 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.

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