Are All Physicians Certified in the Specialties They Practice?

Group of doctors use a computer tabletThere is no shortage of well-qualified and experienced physicians practicing today, but not all of them are certified in the specialties they practice. Does that mean that they are not as talented or dedicated as their board-certified colleagues? Hardly.

Keep in mind that board certification, unlike a state medical license, is not a requirement to practice medicine. Rather, board certification serves as a valuable tool for evaluating a physician’s expertise. Certification is a voluntary process that includes additional training, which helps to assure patients that their doct or indeed has the skills and knowledge to provide safe and effective health care. Considering how nerve-wracking visiting a doctor can be for many patients, it’s not hard to understand why board certification can give patients, as well as their loved ones, confidence in a physician’s treatment approach.

While better patient care is the ultimate goal of physician board certification, the hard-earned credential does provide several other benefits for physicians, their employers, and the community at large. Consider that board certification is:

  • One of the highest honors that a physician can receive in their field of study, validating years of hard work while boosting their careers and earning potential
  • Becoming increasingly prioritized by employers who are looking for ways to differentiate their medical centers from the competition

Board certification should not be the only factor to consider when assessing prospective physicians, but given the rigor of the process, which includes meeting stringent eligibility requirements and passing tough exams, it is a recognized indicator of the physician’s expertise.

At the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS), we offer board certification to both allopathic and osteopathic physicians in a variety of medical fields, from emerging specialties like integrative medicine and disaster medicine to primary care fields like internal medicine and family medicine. Our 12 Member Boards are recognized by the U.S Department of Labor as well as credentialing organizations such as Greely, HCPro, and the National Association of Medical Staff Services (NAMSS) as top options for physician certification.

If you would like to find out whether your physician is board certified through the ABPS, visit our online physician verification database here. If you’re unable to find your physician in the database, please call our Verification Department at (813) 433-2277.


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I feel truly blessed and grateful to be an internal medicine board-certified diplomate with the American Board of Physician Specialties. Their ongoing, steadfast commitment to physician board(s) enhancement, forward focused vision, and tenacity is second to none. ABPS has become a recognized choice in Physician Board Certification.

Adam Rench, MD
Internal Medicine
To be the best, you must measure yourself against the best. Achieving Board Certification in Emergency Medicine by the ABPS gave me the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of the art of EM in an objective way. The high bar that ABPS sets for candidates to be allowed to take both the written and oral exam is a testament to ABPS's rigorous vetting of one's ability to practice Emergency Medicine at a high level. By maintaining these credentials, I've been able to instill confidence in my abilities at the department/employer level and ultimately with the patients that choose to seek emergency care at the facilities at which I practice.

Royce Mathew Joseph, MD
Emergency Medicine
The American Board of Physician Specialties has supported the entire field of Integrative Medicine in sponsoring our board. It has been so validating of the importance of prevention-oriented and holistic approaches to care while emphasizing the scientific basis of this specialty to have it recognized by ABPS. I am proud to have been one of the first groups to be board certified by ABPS in Integrative Medicine, leading the way for others committed to training in this specialty.

Myles Spar, MD
Integrative Medicine