The ABPS is one of the leading certifying bodies in Family Medicine through its Board of Certification in Family Medicine

Family PracticeThe American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) is one of the nation’s largest multi-specialty physician certification organizations in North America, and we are pleased to provide qualified physicians with the opportunity to earn board certification in family practice. We have Diplomates in all 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Canada, and our board certified family medicine physicians are recognized for their mastery of this invaluable medical specialty.

Above all else, the ABPS wants to help physicians deliver the best possible treatment to their patients. We view board certification as an essential designation that indicates to the public that our Diplomates have demonstrated their mastery of family medicine and have the knowledge and experience needed to deliver unmatched care.

To be eligible for board certification in family medicine through the ABPS, each applicant must be a graduate of a recognized college of medicine, hold a valid and unrestricted license to practice medicine, submit three letters of recommendation from board certified physicians, and provide a documented report of several family medicine cases in which he or she has had a lead management role. Furthermore, the applicant must have completed either an accredited residency in family practice or an AOA-approved internship and general practice residency.

Yet, while the requirements for board certification are stringent, the benefits are clear. Increasingly, healthcare organizations are prioritizing hiring board certified physicians, while patients consider board certifications when searching for a new physician, making board certification all the more vital. ABPS Diplomates also have access to numerous leadership opportunities and are given the tools needed to continue to advance in their field. In this way, board certification is consistently evolving to better serve the physician, his or her patients, and the employing organization.

If you are a physician who has extensive experience in family medicine and are interested in pursuing board certification in family medicine, contact the ABPS today. We’ll be happy to explain our eligibility requirements and walk you through the benefits of being board certified by one of the largest multi-specialty physician certifying bodies in North America. The ABPS is the official 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.

The American Board of Physician Specialties has provided me with the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of internal medicine through board certification. As a hospitalist, board certification is an expected credential, and hospitals recognize the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) as one of the three standard credentialling bodies for Internal Medicine. Additionally, the ABPS has helped me develop leadership skills as a Board member and Committee Chairperson. ABPS has also helped me sharpen critical thinking skills as a test question developer and reviewer. The Allopathic (MD) and Osteopathic (DO) physicians in the ABPS are lifelong learners and frequently pursue multiple board certifications. I enjoy the camaraderie of my peers in ABPS.

Loren Jay Chassels, DO
Internal Medicine
When I think historically, advancement in medicine and patient safety and care has been driven by the diversity of people and scientific thought. That’s what I found at the ABPS and more. For over 60 years that is just who we are. I found a physician certifying body that provides a choice and voice to all physicians ensuring that patients are always placed first.

Jerry Allison, MD
Emergency Medicine
When I decided to pursue a full time role as a physician executive it was important to me to obtain additional professional training, education and work experience. Board certification through the ABPS in Administrative Medicine is validation of my efforts and a demonstration of dedication to professional development. We need more physicians to become full time health care executives, knowing there is a board certification option in Administrative Medicine encourages physicians to take the leap from full time clinical practice to healthcare organizational leadership.

Richard Paula, MD
Administrative Medicine