A Recognized Choice for Physician Board Certification
The American Board of Physician Specialties® has 12 governing boards that oversee physician board certification. At the ABPS, we provide 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).
The ABPS Maintains Rigorous Certification Standards
Since 1960, the ABPS has been committed first and foremost to enhancing patient care by creating rigorous certification and recertification programs that 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.
Board Certification Benefits Physicians, Medical Organizations, and Patients
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.
Eligibility Requirements of the ABPS
The ABPS certified its first physician in 1960 and since then has certified and recertified physicians in a variety of specialties, including traditional specialties like family medicine and internal medicine to emerging fields such as integrative medicine and family medicine obstetrics. The eligibility requirements of the ABPS differ from specialty to specialty, but all ABPS Member Boards share certain general eligibility requirements, including:
- Being in conformity with the Code of Ethics of the ABPS, being known in the community as an ethical member of the profession, and being an active practitioner in the specialty for which you’re seeking certification
- Having graduated from a recognized U.S., Canadian, or international allopathic or osteopathic college of medicine. International graduates must also hold a valid Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) Certificate.
- Holding a valid and unrestricted license(s) to practice medicine in the United States, U.S. territories, or Canada.
Learn More About Physician Board Certification Through the ABPS
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.