What Do Credentialers Need to Know About Board Certification?

Credentialers ABPSOne of our top priorities at the American Board of Physician Specialties® is to work closely with those who are in charge of credentialing physicians to better understand the many advantages to board certification through our organization. The ABPS is one of three national multi-specialty physician certifying organizations, and we have Diplomates in all 50 states who are among the most highly trained and experienced specialists in their fields of study. It is our goal to ensure that these physician leaders are duly recognized for their expertise, and we are committed to working with credentialers of all types to ensure that our Diplomates get the opportunities they deserve. So, what should credentialing organizations know about board certification?

At the ABPS, our member boards seek to identify and recognize physician specialists who have mastered the core competencies and knowledge that define their specialty. To earn board certification, the candidate must meet our eligibility requirements prior to successfully completing a formal standardized examination. This process is designed to be rigorous and ensures that our Diplomates represent the best and brightest in their specialties. Our member boards also offer a variety of other benefits, including the following:

  • Board certification is a trusted indicator of the most highly skilled physicians in the community, and prospective patients know to look for board certified physicians when researching a specialist in their area.
  • Specialty member boards legitimize emerging medical specialties by establishing requirements for education and training in specialty medicine.
  • Our member boards elevate the standards of practice by giving physicians a goal to attain.
  • Board certification can help protect the public from unqualified physicians in that, in order to become board certified, the physician must have demonstrated extensive experience and knowledge in their field of study and also must commit to ongoing training in order to maintain their status.

Ultimately, our message to certifying organizations is that ABPS board certification is a trusted tool for identifying physician specialists who are competent, experienced, and educated. To learn more about what it takes to become board certified through the ABPS, contact us today. You are also invited to confirm certification of one of our Diplomates through our online verification system. The ABPS is the official board certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.®

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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.

ABPS is a leading advocate for its Diplomates, their patients, and the public at large by promoting high-quality evidence-based patient care. ABPS certifies physicians through industry-leading rigorous examinations in various boards and offers continuous recertification making sure that these physicians are qualified to practice safe state of the art medicine.

Leslie Mukau, MD, FAAEP, FACEP
Emergency Medicine
In this time of uncertainty, Disaster Medicine Certification has helped tremendously to demonstrate to hospital leadership my commitment to disaster preparedness and knowledge of planning, response, and mitigation. ABODM certification focuses on the knowledge and skills a physician needs to become a recognized leader in the four stages of disaster preparation and management: planning, coordination, execution, and debriefing.

Lewis W, Marshall, MD, JD, FAAEP, FAADM
Disaster Medicine | Emergency Medicine
ABPS board certification validates a physician's competence in their medical specialty. This is important to a patient seeking medical care. Physician recertification through ABPS assures that we maintain knowledge and expertise throughout our career. The ABPS is a collegial and committed organization of physicians and administrative staff. The organization has given me the opportunity to become involved in all facets of the board certification process and physician governance.

Lawrence Stein, MD, FAASOS
Orthopedic Surgery