Doctor, Are You Eligible for ABPS Board Certification?
If you are a physician who is considering board certification – congratulations. You’re on your way to a smart decision, one that can yield a slew of career advantages, not to mention the benefits it offers to both your employer and your patients. Here at the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS), where we offer board certification in a range of specialties and subspecialties, we have seen our Diplomates embrace leadership positions in facilities across the nation. It’s not surprising when you consider what a differentiator board certification can be, helping to single out qualified physicians who, through an extensive application process and stringent testing, have demonstrated extraordinary talent in their specialty.
Moreover, the prestige that certified physicians can bestow on hospitals is immeasurable. Knowing that a facility has certified doctors on staff eases patients’ anxiety and helps to instill them with confidence that they will receive the knowledgeable and compassionate medical care they seek.
Eligibility Requirements of the ABPS
With the goal of offering the highest standards in certification to meet the public’s evolving healthcare needs while helping physicians achieve career success, the ABPS has established general eligibility requirements that include:
- Three to five years of advanced training, depending on the specialty, and completion of an ACGME- or AOA-approved residency
- Attestation of a full, unrestricted medical license
- Completion of a non-remedial medical ethics course
- At least 50 hours a year of continuing medical education
- Achieving recertification after eight years
In keeping with our commitment to helping provide a high level of medical care that ensures patient safety, the ABPS is the only multi-specialty that requires its Diplomates to complete a medical ethics course to earn recertification.
A Pragmatic Approach to Physician Board Certification
We have a practical way of certifying doctors that helps them move ahead personally and professionally, all while keeping up with the rising needs of patient care. Our Diplomates work in the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico, and are seen as experts in their areas. Big medical groups and professional organizations have noticed this and even changed their rules and standards to include the ABPS.
We’re may be the smallest of the three multi-specialty certifying groups, but that lets us focus on each Diplomates’ needs better. We work hard to support our Diplomates, teaming up with lawmakers and others to make sure they have a strong say. And we create spaces for Diplomates to swap great ideas, share success stories, and talk about what they’ve learned to make patient care better for everyone.
How ABPS Certification Benefits Physicians
To earn board certification with the ABPS, candidates must pass a psychometrically validated written exam that tests core concepts of a specialty and measures how candidates have mastered the subject matter. Understandably, both the certification process and the exams are rigorous, but when you become ABPS certified, you join a varied group of medical professionals who are well-regarded in healthcare. As an ABPS-certified physician, you’ll have:
- Plenty of networking opportunities
- More opportunities for career advancement and higher earnings
- A meaningful voice as a valued participant in the community
- Opportunities to share your expertise and clinical insights.
Get More Information About Certifying With the ABPS
To learn more about our eligibility requirements, or for information about our standardized exams, which are offered across a network of testing centers in the United States and Canada, contact the ABPS today. The ABPS is the official certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.®