Physicians Who are ABMS- or AOA-Certified are Eligible to Recertify with ABPS

ABPS RecertificationAt the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS), we urge physicians to remember that they are eligible to recertify with one of our Member Boards even if their initial board certification was through the American Board of Medical Specialties® (ABMS) or the American Osteopathic Association® (AOA). When the time comes to begin to prepare for recertification, you owe it to yourself to thoroughly research the options at your disposal and ensure that you partner with the organization that best meets your needs.

There are three primary multi-specialty physician certifying organizations in North America, and each organization has its own unique advantages. At the ABPS, it is our position that physicians should do their due diligence and pursue board certification with the certifying body that offers the best fit. For instance, one of our top priorities is to provide a voice to our Diplomates. Rather than just being one in a crowd, our Diplomates know that their voices are heard and respected as part of a community. We are constantly looking for ways to not only better our Member Boards but also provide as many opportunities as possible for our Diplomates. To that end, ABPS works tirelessly developing relationships with physician CEOs, legislators, and credentialing organizations to educate them about our Member Boards as well as our Diplomates.

Every eight years, board certified physicians are required to go through a recertification process. Regardless of whether you earned board certification through the ABMS, the AOA, or the ABPS, we encourage you to thoroughly research the options at your disposal. You may find that ABPS is more in line with your values and offers you opportunities that you might not find elsewhere.

To learn more about the ABPS, our various Member Boards, and our eligibility requirements, contact us today. We currently have Diplomates practicing medicine in all 50 states, as well as Puerto Rico and Canada. The ABPS is the official certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.®

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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.

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
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