The American Board of Physician Specialties® Offers a Recognized Certification Option for Physicians Who Are No Longer Board Eligible

Group of unknown doctors use computer tablets Across the United States, many talented physicians are at risk of losing the chance to become certified because they have not yet passed their board certification exams. If these physicians fail to earn certification by the end of their eligibility period, they are no longer considered board-eligible and must complete a year of residency retraining or a fellowship program in order to re-establish eligibility. At the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS), we want physicians who are no longer board-eligible to know that there is another option.

Facts About the ABPS

The ABPS offers qualified physicians board certification in numerous specialties. The ABPS is nationally recognized as a prestigious choice for multi-specialty certification, with Diplomates practicing in all 50 states, as well as Canada and Puerto Rico. Furthermore:

  • ABPS is recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor as a leading choice for physician board certification.
  • Federal and state organizations that recognize ABPS certifications include the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the Veterans’ Health Administration, and the United States Armed Forces under the GI Bill.
  • Various state medical boards, including Florida’s, have written or retained strict language that accepts and recognizes ABPS as a recognized certifying board that meets the higher standards of certification they require.
  • Top healthcare and credentialing organizations such as Greely, HCPro, and the National Association of Medical Staff Services (NAMSS) recognize ABPS as a choice in physician certification.

While the eligibility requirements and testing standards at ABPS are as stringent as any board certifying body in the world, we are unique among them. Founded in 1952, the ABPS certifies both allopathic and osteopathic physicians. This spirit of inclusion filled a void at a time when certifying organizations discriminated on the basis of training. We promote collegiality, fraternity, and service among our Diplomates and proudly maintain a non-discriminatory approach.

Why Seek ABPS Physician Certification?

When you earn ABPS certification, you become part of a diverse group of like-minded professionals who are respected throughout the healthcare industry and:

  • Share knowledge and clinical experiences
  • Take advantage of abundant leadership opportunities within the community
  • Have a meaningful voice as a valued participant in the community
  • Enjoy ample networking opportunities.

To learn more about the benefits of certification with ABPS, or for information about our eligibility requirements and certification exams, contact us today.

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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