The Importance of Maintaining Current Status in Physician Board Certification

Board Certification StatusThe staff members at the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS) understand that the time constraints that confront most physicians in this day and age can be overwhelming. In many ways, time is a physician’s greatest adversary, especially in today’s environment. They are torn in many directions by patients who need them, digital paperwork that won’t wait, and the demands placed upon them by employers if they work within a healthcare group or at a hospital. It is understandable, then, that the annual responsibilities related to physician board certification within their chosen specialties might lose out on the list of priorities. Yet, it is well worth dedicating the relatively brief amount of time required to make sure that a certification status remains current and updated.

The ease of online verification of a physician’s board certification status with the ABPS and other certifying bodies is one reason it is more important than ever for a physician to remain current each year. This applies to recertification every few years, certainly, but it also is important for a physician to meet annual responsibilities as well. Why? Because there are a number of entities that regularly attempt to confirm a physician’s status for a variety of reasons, and what used to take weeks or months now can be accomplished in minutes online.

Who might check verification? The list is relatively short, but substantial, and could very well impact a physician’s ability to get hired or to retain a position. Verification might be sought by:

  • Hospital recruiters
  • Hospital CEOs and other administrators
  • Patients
  • A current employer
  • Regulatory agencies
  • Licensing agencies
  • Verification organizations that maintain records for insurance companies

To learn more about the importance of maintaining a current status with board certification, contact the ABPS today. The ABPS is the official multi-specialty board certification body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.

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Personal challenge and motivation compelled me to pass my ABPS board exam. Measurement and confirmation of my own knowledge base reinforced my self-confidence. The ABPS, with its history of inclusivity, has allowed me to have a voice in the organization, while permitting me to impact overall national patient safety and care through certification. Participation in exam development afforded me the opportunity to witness the rigorousness of the exam process and psychometrically sound product, while developing meaningful collegiality, professional life enrichment, and warding off burn out.

Elizabeth Maxwell-Schmidt MD, FAAEP, FACEP
Emergency Medicine
Board certification through the American Board of Physician Specialties has served to substantiate my interest and additional training in several fields of medicine including Internal Medicine, Disaster Medicine, and Administrative Medicine. As a result, I have been able to serve my community in clinical, disaster response, and administrative medicine roles. Through the ABPS, I have become recognized as a leader in my various fields of interest.

Spencer Price MD, MPH, MBA
Internal Medicine, Disaster Medicine, Administrative Medicine
BCEM certification through ABPS has provided me with many opportunities. It has helped me demonstrate that I have special experience and expertise in Emergency Medicine beyond that obtained through my family medicine training. BCEM certification firmly established me as an emergency medicine specialist once I started working in emergency medicine full time. ABPS has also helped me network with other family physicians with a passion for improving rural and underserved emergency medicine practice.

Alex Beuning, MD, FAAEP
Emergency Medicine