No Longer Board-Eligible? Check Out the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS)

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.

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. While our eligibility requirements and testing standards 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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Medical organizations throughout North America understand that our rigorous certification standards prove that ABPS Diplomates are capable of delivering the best patient care possible.

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