For Patients

For PatientsThe American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS) has established stringent standards for board certification with the ultimate goal of facilitating exceptional medical care for patients. While board certification is not required for physicians to become practitioners, those who take the extra step with the ABPS must meet our strict eligibility requirements and pass rigorous testing. As a result, only the most skilled and dedicated physicians earn ABPS certification.

Consulting a physician specialist for a health issue can be an anxious time for patients, and they deserve to know if their doctor is qualified to provide them with the treatment they need. To that end, ABPS certification instills patients with confidence. As a nationally recognized distinction, it assures patients that a physician has mastered the core competencies required to provide safe and compassionate care in a particular specialty and at the highest level.

We Put Patients First

Physicians certified by the ABPS represent some of the best medical minds, and practice their specialties at some of the most respected institutions in North America. Guided by the ABPS code of ethics, our physicians are committed to providing impartial patient care, with no special privileges based on an individual’s race, color, creed, sex, age, national origin or handicap.

In sharp contrast to much of the standards today, the ABPS emphasizes patient care over the business of medicine. Our certified specialists are continually assessing the shortcomings in the healthcare system and work diligently to find practical solutions while advocating publicly for exceptional patient care. At the ABPS, the health and well-being of patients are always of the utmost priority.

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What Is ABPS?

The American Board of Physician Specialties is a nationally recognized multi-specialty certifying body that offers both allopathic and osteopathic physicians certification in a range of specialties. While certification is a voluntary process, its achievement represents an abiding commitment to patient care and is one of the highest honors that physicians can receive. We certified our first physician in 1960, and our Diplomates can now be found across all 50 states, as well as Canada and Puerto Rico.

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Patient Care Is Our Priority

Medical organizations throughout North America understand that our rigorous certification standards prove that ABPS Diplomates are capable of delivering the best patient care possible.

Board certification through the American Board of Physician Specialties has served to substantiate my interest and additional training in several fields of medicine including Internal Medicine, Disaster Medicine, and Administrative Medicine. As a result, I have been able to serve my community in clinical, disaster response, and administrative medicine roles. Through the ABPS, I have become recognized as a leader in my various fields of interest.

Spencer Price MD, MPH, MBA
Internal Medicine, Disaster Medicine, Administrative Medicine
BCEM certification through ABPS has provided me with many opportunities. It has helped me demonstrate that I have special experience and expertise in Emergency Medicine beyond that obtained through my family medicine training. BCEM certification firmly established me as an emergency medicine specialist once I started working in emergency medicine full time. ABPS has also helped me network with other family physicians with a passion for improving rural and underserved emergency medicine practice.

Alex Beuning, MD, FAAEP
Emergency Medicine
Personal challenge and motivation compelled me to pass my ABPS board exam. Measurement and confirmation of my own knowledge base reinforced my self-confidence. The ABPS, with its history of inclusivity, has allowed me to have a voice in the organization, while permitting me to impact overall national patient safety and care through certification. Participation in exam development afforded me the opportunity to witness the rigorousness of the exam process and psychometrically sound product, while developing meaningful collegiality, professional life enrichment, and warding off burn out.

Elizabeth Maxwell-Schmidt MD, FAAEP, FACEP
Emergency Medicine