The Benefits of Board Certification Through the American Board of Physician Specialties

Benefits Board CertificationMost physicians become familiar with the concept of board certification very early on. Even the earliest undergraduate student with medical ambitions knows that certification is a voluntary process that is intended to be a demonstration of the mastery of the core body of knowledge and skills necessary for a chosen specialty. Aspiring physicians may also be aware that board certification is used in advertising as a way to distinguish one physician or group of physicians from others.

What some medical students might not know is that they have a choice when it comes to physician board certification – they are not limited to the ABMS or AOA-BOS. They might also be unfamiliar with the depth of the benefits physicians derive from board certification through the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS). The ABPS is the official certifying body for the American Association of Physician Specialists (AAPS), Inc., providing board certification for 18 medical specialties and subspecialties. There are hundreds of physician certifying bodies in North America, but very few of them set and sustain the stringent and rigorous standards of the ABPS. Indeed, in some respects the standards adhered to by the ABPS actually exceed those of other certifying bodies.

The historical credibility of the ABPS Member Boards is only one of many benefits. Others include:

  • Unlimited board certification attestation for active ABPS Diplomates
  • Opportunities to participate in Member Board development and governance
  • Emeritus Certification for retired Diplomates
  • Use of the ABPS Certification mark
  • Opportunities for dual boarded certification and recertification
  • Complimentary AAPS membership
  • Career networking opportunities

To learn more about the benefits of board certification, and to request information about Member Board eligibility requirements, 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.

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