Dr. Spencer T. Price, MD, MPH, MBA, Gives us a Closer Look at ABPS’s Clinically Based Examinations

Spencer Price, MDCertification exams offered by the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS) focus on the knowledge and skills necessary to provide safe, effective, evidence-based medicine. ABPS exams are prepared not by academics, but by physicians who practice their medical specialty daily. ABPS exams avoid controversial, unsettled areas of medical practice, and exam questions are not designed to trick or confuse candidates but, rather, to measure a physician’s ability to solve medical problems. ABPS exams focus less on the candidate’s ability to learn facts and more on the ability to care for patients.

Because these exams are clinically-based, they pose questions with direct clinical bearing. So, scenarios are based on common clinical encounters and measure clinical acumen and problem-solving skills. Each question is evidence-based. Subjectivity and esoterica are avoided. Exam questions are selected based on practical experience gained from years of direct patient care.

To prepare for ABPS exams, physicians should rely on practical, hands-on experience as well as foundational texts in their fields. In an effort toward transparency, the ABPS publishes a list of these texts.

Successful completion of a clinically-based exam demonstrates that a physician possesses the requisite knowledge and skills to provide safe and effective health care. After passing my ABPS certification exams, I was confident that I had what it takes to improve my patients’ health and quality of life. I knew that I had mastered a body of knowledge derived from the study and practice of thousands of physicians before me and that I would be making decisions based on the expertise and success of those medical professionals.

Dr. Spencer T. Price, MD, is a Diplomate of the ABPS Member Boards, the Board of Certification in Internal Medicine (BCIM), the American Board of Disaster Medicine (ABODM), and the American Board of Administrative Medicine (ABAM).

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I feel truly blessed and grateful to be an internal medicine board-certified diplomate with the American Board of Physician Specialties. Their ongoing, steadfast commitment to physician board(s) enhancement, forward focused vision, and tenacity is second to none. ABPS has become a recognized choice in Physician Board Certification.

Adam Rench, MD
Internal Medicine
To be the best, you must measure yourself against the best. Achieving Board Certification in Emergency Medicine by the ABPS gave me the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of the art of EM in an objective way. The high bar that ABPS sets for candidates to be allowed to take both the written and oral exam is a testament to ABPS's rigorous vetting of one's ability to practice Emergency Medicine at a high level. By maintaining these credentials, I've been able to instill confidence in my abilities at the department/employer level and ultimately with the patients that choose to seek emergency care at the facilities at which I practice.

Royce Mathew Joseph, MD
Emergency Medicine
The American Board of Physician Specialties has supported the entire field of Integrative Medicine in sponsoring our board. It has been so validating of the importance of prevention-oriented and holistic approaches to care while emphasizing the scientific basis of this specialty to have it recognized by ABPS. I am proud to have been one of the first groups to be board certified by ABPS in Integrative Medicine, leading the way for others committed to training in this specialty.

Myles Spar, MD
Integrative Medicine