What Board Certification Means for Physicians, Employers and Patients

Board Certification MeaningPhysician board certification through the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) means different things to the various stakeholders in the realm of medical care. These stakeholders are the physicians along with their employers and patients. The ABPS is the official board certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc. and Member Boards administer certification exams for 18 distinct specialties.

The bottom line of board certification for physicians is that it provides an opportunity to demonstrate they have mastered the core competencies required to provide patients with the best possible care. It is tangible evidence that the knowledge and experience of a board-certified physician has been acknowledged by a respected, historically credible certifying body. There are other benefits for physicians, as well, including:

  • 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

What board certification means for prospective employers is that the physician-candidate is a marketable entity, as well as being a proven and accomplished practitioner. This is particularly beneficial for new healthcare facilities that are building a patient base. For example, a newly opened urgent care center can earn instant credibility by hiring physicians who have achieved urgent care certification through the Board of Certification in Urgent Care Medicine (BCUCM).

Perhaps, most important, is the peace of mind a patient will receive knowing the chosen physician has reached the level of professional achievement necessary to achieve board certification through the ABPS. The mission of the ABPS revolves around the organization’s code of ethics whereby patients will know their doctor is bound by a pledge to maintain the highest standard of professional conduct as well as to strive to always provide the best possible medical care.

To learn more about what ABPS board certification means to the various stakeholders, contact us 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