A Recognized Choice for Physician Board Certification

Physician Board CertificationThe American Board of Physician Specialists® (ABPS) is the official certifying body for the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.® (AAPS). Constituting 12 governing boards that oversee certification in 18 distinct medical specialties, the ABPS provides assistance to each Member Board with respect to developing and implementing professional standards designed to evaluate and certify the industry’s most talented physician specialists. Our organization has proudly become one of the most prestigious multispecialty physician board certifying bodies in the United States, along with the American Osteopathic Association Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists (AOABOS) and the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). Since 1960, the ABPS has been committed first and foremost to enhancing patient care through the creation of rigorous certification and recertification programs that serve to identify the most highly qualified professionals in the healthcare industry. Each ABPS Diplomate belongs to a collegial coalition of likeminded professionals who share the belief that the best way for the medical profession to move forward is for doctors to establish and maintain the highest ethical and clinical standards.

Obtaining board certification through the ABPS has several distinct advantages – both for physicians and for their patients and employers alike. For example, partly due to the fact that the process is so rigorous, board certification is one of the medical profession’s most highly esteemed credentials. It is a stamp of validation indicating that a physician has successfully undergone years of challenging training and is conversant in all of the applicable specialty’s core concepts and clinical best practices. Also, though board certification isn’t a requirement to practice medicine, hospitals and other employers are increasingly demonstrating a preference for board-certified physicians in lieu of those who have no such credential. Insurance providers are exercising a louder voice as well with respect to who does – and who does not – get hired. But the biggest beneficiaries are the patients themselves. The board certification label empowers prospective patients to make more informed choices when it comes to deciding on a doctor to provide them care. Though board certification is just one of many important factors to consider, it is a highly reliable indicator of a physician’s ability to provide proper care in a professional manner.

Click on this link to learn more about our individual Member Boards. We also invite you to learn more about the ABPS by reading this short brochure, which can be viewed online or downloaded. In addition, you may call the ABPS at 813-433-2277 or reach out to us electronically by completing and submitting our online contact form.

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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.

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
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