Credentialing Committees: Does Your Hospital Recognize All Three National Multispecialty Physician Certifying Organizations?

Credentialing CommitteesIf your credentialing committee is concerned with identifying qualified physicians to join your organization, it is vitally important that you recognize the three leading multi-specialty physician certifying organizations in the United States. Increasingly, board certification, while entirely voluntary, is becoming an invaluable designation in the medical community. In order to ensure that you have the best possible talent pool to choose from when making hiring decisions, you should consider candidates affiliated with all of the major certifying groups. After all, you’d hate to diminish your ability to select a highly trained and experienced physician to join your hospital staff because you didn’t recognize a leading certifying organization.

The ABPS Is a Nationally Recognized Physician Certification Board

While there are hundreds of organizations that validate the expertise of physicians in their chosen specialties, three primary multi-specialty physician organizations oversee the majority of specialty certifications:

  • The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS)
  • The American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS)
  • The American Osteopathic Association Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists (AOABOS)

Each of these multi-specialty physician certifying organizations are extremely well established in the healthcare industry and have extensive experience providing board certification to eligible physicians who meet their stringent eligibility requirements. ABPS, for instance, was first organized in 1950 and has been granting certifications since 1960. Today, ABPS oversees the development and administration of 12 member boards, which represent 20 distinct medical specialties, including family medicine, internal medicine, dermatology, and emergency medicine. What’s more, of the three primary multispecialty boards, the ABPS is the only one that offers certification in the emerging specialties of integrative medicine and disaster medicine.

The ABPS Maintains Rigorous Certification Standards

The ABPS may be the smallest of the three primary certification boards, but our standards are no less rigorous. ABPS boards emphasize psychometrically evaluated testing, in addition to advanced training, experience, and moral character. That’s why only the brightest and most dedicated talents earn ABPS certification. Once certified by the ABPS, a physician becomes a member of a community of like-minded professionals who are nationally recognized for their achievements. ABPS-certified physicians work at some of the nation’s most trusted institutions and can be found across all 50 states, as well as Canada and Puerto Rico.

Benefits of ABPS Certification.

Recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor, ABPS board certification is a reliable indicator of a physician’s ability to care for patients in a compassionate and professional manner.  ABPS certification also:

  • Makes physicians more marketable to hospitals and other employers, which are increasingly showing a preference for board-certified physicians
  • Increases a physician’s opportunities for positions of more responsibility and higher earnings
  • Reveals a professional commitment to abide by the ABPS medical code of ethics

Find Out More About Certification With an ABPS Member Board

When it comes to identifying and hiring board certified physicians, it is extremely important that your credentialing committee recognizes the stature of the three largest multi-specialty physician certifying organizations in North America. To learn more about the board certification process through the ABPS, contact us today. 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.

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