Board Certification for Family Medicine Physicians

Family Medicine ABPSA trend among hospitals across the country is that CEOs, physician recruiters, and other healthcare leaders are increasingly hiring physicians who have earned board certification in medical specialty. This stands to reason as there are marketing advantages that come from advertising that your healthcare facility is staffed with board certified physicians. The problem for some family physicians, however, is that these men and women have often made their careers working in other areas of healthcare to fill a need in their community, and, as a result, may not have board certification in their specialty. This could leave to instances where a family physician with decades of experience working in an emergency department isn’t eligible for advancement because he or she isn’t board certified in emergency medicine. Fortunately, at the American Board of Physician Specialties®, we offer a solution for highly qualified and experienced family physicians by offering an opportunity to achieve board certification in a variety of medical specialties based, in part, on case experience and proven knowledge.

While the process of becoming board certified through one of our member boards is rigorous, it provides family physicians the opportunity to earn the board certification that they’re entitled to based on their expertise in their specialty. Qualified family physicians can pursue board certification from the ABPS in several disciplines, including:

  • Disaster medicine
  • Emergency medicine
  • Family medicine
  • Family medicine obstetrics
  • Hospital medicine
  • Integrative medicine
  • Urgent care medicine

If you are a family physician who is interested in becoming board certified in your area of expertise, contact the ABPS today. We’ll be glad to explain the various eligibility requirements to be considered for certification through our member boards. By becoming board certified, you’ll be able to clearly demonstrate to your patients, peers, and employer that you have fully mastered your specialty, which could provide further job security and open doors to career advancement.

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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