Articles - Benefits of Board Certification

Connecting the Dots: Why Physicians Certify in the Specialties They Practice

Technically speaking, becoming board certified is a voluntary process that physicians can consider pursuing. However, in today’s increasingly competitive global healthcare environment, there are more reasons to consider board certification than ever before. Not only does board certification represent a significant professional accomplishment, it can have a profound long-term impact on professional development. For these reasons and others, the American ...

Why Many Physicians Become Board Certified

For years, Board Certification has been the most trusted indicator that a physician has mastered the core competencies of his or her area of expertise. Being a Board Certified physician is more important today than ever before for a number of reasons. First and foremost, the process of becoming board certified through the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS) is ...

Why Do Physicians Become Certified in Multiple Specialties?

Board certification has become one of the most trusted indicators used to identify highly qualified and reputable physicians. Officially, becoming board certified is still a voluntary process, and certification is not required to practice medicine. But, in practice, more and more patients are choosing to be treated by board certified physicians; employers are prioritizing hiring board certified physicians; and physicians ...

Physicians Who are ABMS- or AOA-Certified are Eligible to Recertify with ABPS

At the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS), we urge physicians to remember that they are eligible to recertify with one of our Member Boards even if their initial board certification was through the American Board of Medical Specialties® (ABMS) or the American Osteopathic Association® (AOA). When the time comes to begin to prepare for recertification, you owe it to ...

Why is Physician Choice in Board Certification Important?

If you are a physician specialist who is considering pursuing board certification, it is important to remember that you have a choice of several different physician certifying organizations. In fact, the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), the American Osteopathic Association Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists (AOABOS) and the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS) all have sterling reputations and are ...

What Are the Advantages of ABPS Board Certification?

At the American Board of Physician Specialties®, we recommend that qualified physicians consider pursuing board certification through one of our member boards as this distinction can greatly benefit patients, employers, and physicians alike: Earning board certification is one of the highest honors that a physician can receive in their field of study. Make no mistake, the application process for becoming ...

How ABPS Board Certification Can Help Curb the Physician Shortage

While physician board certification through the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS®) will not increase the number of physician specialists in North America, it could still help curb the growing physician shortage. How? It has to do with hiring practices and the way physicians currently become eligible for job openings − as well as how they meet the criteria for ...

The Value of Physician Board Certification to Patients, Physicians and the Healthcare System

Physician board certification from the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS) means different things to the different groups of people who are potentially affected by it. For physicians, it represents an important level of achievement. For patients, it means knowing that you are receiving the best possible medical care. For the healthcare system, it is a confirmation that a particular ...

How Specialty Certification Helps Physicians Differentiate Their Credentials

The primary function of physician board certification is to provide a platform for physician specialists to demonstrate a mastery of the core competencies required to provide the best possible care in a given medical specialty. The American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) governs 18 specialty boards that allow physicians to prove they possess the skill and experience necessary to practice their ...

Changing Standards, Changing Reality: How the ABPS Helps Physicians Adapt to an Evolving Healthcare System

Healthcare standards are different today than they were 50 years ago, and they will not be the same 50 years from now. The healthcare industry must respond to inevitable evolution by providing an accurate means of measuring the ability of physician specialists to deliver the best possible medical care. Diplomates of the American Board of Physicians Specialties (ABPS) are positioned ...

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