Physicians Seeking Certification or Recertification in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Anesthesiology, Radiology and Dermatology have a CHOICE

Board Certification ChoiceAt the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS), we strongly encourage physicians who are seeking certification or recertification in their specialty area to explore all of their options and find a certifying organization that is aligned with their needs and expectations.  According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook, “To become board certified, candidates must complete a residency program and pass a specialty certification exam from the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), American Osteopathic Association (AOA), or the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS).” Physicians owe it to themselves to research each organization thoroughly before making a selection.

All three organizations are highly reputable, have provided board certification and recertification for many decades, and have impeccable reputations in the medical community. Furthermore, the board certification process for each organization is rigorous, thoroughly vetted, and fair, ensuring that physicians who present themselves as board certified are among the most highly qualified, experienced, and knowledgeable specialists in their area of expertise.

With that said, each organization has its own unique advantages. At the ABPS, for example, we are committed to giving our Diplomates a voice. Our organization works tirelessly to ensure that every physician who has become board certified through our organization has every opportunity for professional success. We have made tremendous progress working with credentialers, legislators, and other decision makers to ensure that ABPS Diplomates are eligible for employment, advancement, and growth in their specialty.

We understand that it takes a tremendous commitment to become board certified and we are dedicated to ensuring that our community of Diplomates are in position to work together to share best practices, improve overall patient care, and help the healthcare industry continue to evolve in the 21st century.

Whether you specialize in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Anesthesiology, Radiology, Dermatology, or some other discipline altogether, you owe it to yourself to learn more about the ABPS, explore our eligibility requirements, and learn about the benefits to joining our community. Contact us today for additional information. The ABPS is the official board certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.®

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On October 18, 2007, President George W. Bush released Homeland Security Presidential Directive 21 (HSPD-21), calling on our nation, among other initiatives, to “collectively support and facilitate the establishment of a discipline of disaster health”. It is a great testament to the wisdom and foresight of the American Board of Physician Specialties that it immediately set to work and created, within the short span of only one year, an educational blueprint and set of certification examinations, both written and oral, for a new subspecialty of disaster medicine—and it is why I chose to be part this vital initiative and this wonderful organization. This is but one of the many innovative programs initiated by the American Board of Physician Specialties over the years, and why I am proud to support its work on behalf of our nation’s public health.

Art Cooper, MD
Disaster Medicine
When the American Board of Physician Specialties offered to host the American Board of Integrative Medicine, ABPS became a landmark organization working to move medicine into the twenty first century. Certifying physicians who have completed rigorous academic training in Integrative Medicine ensures that the field of Integrative Medicine will continue to develop academically, clinically, and professionally. The leadership of ABPS continues to impress me - they are diligent in constantly innovating to provide certifications for physicians who want to advance their careers and their areas of expertise. I am honored to be a part of this organization.

Ann Marie Chiasson, MD
Integrative Medicine
There are many ways board certification advances a physician career. ABPS Board examination verifies your accuracy, precision, and reflects your mastery of your residency training verifying your expertise. ABPS Board certification demonstrates your level of expertise beyond your practice experience, primary education degrees, and training which are necessary for insurance reimbursement and practice privilege requirements. Attaining your ABPS Board Certification will clarify your purpose, secure your practice growth, and expand into leadership positions. Board certification can serve as an indication of a physician’s commitment to medicine, beyond the minimal standards and competency of training, their measurement to quality of care, and attaining an award for excellence.

Chris Kunis MD
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
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