An Update on the American Board of Physician Specialties for Physician Recruiters

Founded in 1952, the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS) certified its first physician in 1960. Since then, we have certified countless professionals in traditional fields such as internal medicine and anesthesiology as well as in emerging specialties like integrative medicine and disaster medicine. As a multi-specialty board that offers both allopathic and osteopathic physicians certification or recertification in 20 specialties, we have been recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor as a premier choice for board certification. And across the country, leading medical entities and professional organizations have updated their bylaws and policies to include the ABPS.

To help physicians meet the healthcare needs of the public while achieving career success in a continuously evolving medical environment, we maintain stringent certification standards. Our notably rigorous certification process emphasizes psychometrically evaluated testing, advanced training, experience, and moral character. In fact, we are the only certification organization that requires medical ethics training.

To achieve ABPS certification, candidates must meet several eligibility requirements and pass a comprehensive specialty certification exam. Thus, it’s little wonder that ABPS Diplomates are among the most talented physicians practicing today. They can be found in all 50 states, as well as Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and Canada, and are widely considered leaders in their field.

If your organization is seeking board-certified physicians to fill open positions, here are more reasons you should consider our Diplomates:

  • ABPS Diplomates have been primary-source verified by Aperture, a Joint Commission and National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)
  • ABPS Member Boards are listed in the Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare’s (CAQH) Proview application.
  • Leading healthcare and credentialing organizations such as Greely, HCPro, and the National Association of Medical Staff Services (NAMSS) recognize ABPS as a choice in physician certification.

As a recruiter, you can post job openings on the ABPS Online Career Center free of charge. Categorized by medical specialty and searchable by state, ABPS job listings are distributed to ABPS Diplomates via e-mail in our electronic Career Bulletin. If you’d like to learn more about the ABPS, including our innovative boards in disaster medicine, integrative medicine, and family medicine obstetrics, 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