General Eligibility Requirements for ABPS Board Certification

Eligibility RequirementsWhile the eligibility requirements differ for medical board certification through the American Board of Physicians Specialties (ABPS) from specialty to specialty, there are certain general eligibility requirements that are shared by our Member Boards. These requirements are stringent, but they also serve to distinguish the ABPS from other multi-specialty medical board certification bodies in the United States.

In general, in order to meet the eligibility requirements for board certification and recertification through the ABPS, physicians must:

  • Have completed an accredited residency
  • Receive attestation of a full, unrestricted medical license
  • Become recertified after eight years
  • Take at least 50 hours a year of continuing medical education
  • Complete a non-remedial medical ethics course

Again, these are the very basic, general eligibility requirements for medical board certification through the ABPS. Perhaps the most significant of those is the ethics course, which is in keeping with the ABPS values that espouse the importance of ensuring patient safety while providing the highest possible level of care with demonstrated compassion.

To learn about the specific eligibility requirements for the specialty or sub-specialty of your choice, contact the ABPS today. The ABPS is the official certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.




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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.

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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