Does Your Healthcare Organization Reflect the Current Standards of Physician Board Certification?

While not everyone knows the steps that physicians must complete in order to become board certified, they largely understand that board certified physicians represent some of the best and the brightest in their specialty. And, currently in the United States there are three organizations that provide highly regarded, reliable, and reputable board certification to physicians: The American Board of Medical Specialties® (ABMS), the American Osteopathic Association® (AOA), and the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS). It is essential that hospitals and other healthcare organizations ensure that their bylaws are updated to reflect the current standards of physician board certification – omitting any of the primary three certifying authorities could potentially limit the pool of qualified candidates for employment opportunities.

While the ABMS, the AOA, and the ABPS each have their own unique advantages, the important thing to consider is that each offers the same standard for board certification. To become board certified, a physician candidate must meet rigorous eligibility requirements, successfully complete a standardized, psychometrically validated examination, and demonstrate extensive experience in the specialty area. This process is vitally important because being board certified needs to remain exclusive – physicians who earn the distinction deserve to be able to present themselves as unquestioned specialty area experts to their peers, patients, loved ones, and acquaintances.

Over the years, the bylaws of hospitals and other healthcare organizations can naturally become outdated and limited in scope. For this reason, a routine review of bylaws, hiring practices, and other processes is strongly encouraged. Rather than relying on old language written by long-since-retired leaders, board members, or attorneys, it is good practice to identify and address vague, inaccurate, or unnecessary language.

Ultimately, hospitals and other healthcare organizations owe it to themselves to ensure that they are in the strongest position to provide the best possible care. As the healthcare industry rapidly changes and physicians are increasingly becoming more specialized, it is vital to ensure that hiring bylaws are modern, relevant, and will facilitate the hiring of the best candidates – not serve as an impediment.

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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