Why Physicians Should Consider Seeking Multiple Board Certifications

VA PhysiciansThere are as many reasons to earn physician board certification as there are physicians. Every Diplomate of a board certifying body has his or her own reasons for choosing a particular specialty. Those reasons might be personal or professional, or they may simply be a result of a combination of circumstances that compelled a physician to move into a certain field of medicine. Regardless, once a physician has selected and become proficient in a certain specialty, it might make sense for him or her to expand their foundation of professional accomplishment by seeking board certification in an additional specialty.

Why would a physician wish to become dual-boarded? It might be that new Member Boards were developed by organizations like the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) after the physician earned his or her original certification, and those new boards are an appealing addition to credentials. Examples of relatively new boards at the ABPS include:

  • Integrative Medicine
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Hospital Medicine
  • Urgent Care Medicine
  • Disaster Medicine

In some cases, a physician might want to demonstrate a mastery of the core skills and knowledge necessary to provide the best possible care for a subset of patients. For example, an orthopedic surgeon might wish to earn board certification in surgery and orthopedics, a primary care practitioner might wish to become board certified in family medicine as well as urgent care, disaster medicine or emergency medicine. In this sense, dual boarding is a way for a physician to distinguish her or his credentials in the competition for jobs. Also, as the healthcare industry changes, an additional board certification is one way for a physician to demonstrate his or her role as a leader in fields that are related to his or her specialty.

Multiple board certification is more than simply a line on a résumé, however. It is a tangible demonstration of the deep commitment a physician has made to provide the best possible care in his or her chosen field. To learn more, or for information about board certification with one of the Member Boards of the ABPS, contact us today. The ABPS is the official certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.


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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