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.

ABPS board certification validates a physician's competence in their medical specialty. This is important to a patient seeking medical care. Physician recertification through ABPS assures that we maintain knowledge and expertise throughout our career. The ABPS is a collegial and committed organization of physicians and administrative staff. The organization has given me the opportunity to become involved in all facets of the board certification process and physician governance.

Lawrence Stein, MD, FAASOS
Orthopedic Surgery
ABPS is a leading advocate for its Diplomates, their patients, and the public at large by promoting high-quality evidence-based patient care. ABPS certifies physicians through industry-leading rigorous examinations in various boards and offers continuous recertification making sure that these physicians are qualified to practice safe state of the art medicine.

Leslie Mukau, MD, FAAEP, FACEP
Emergency Medicine
In this time of uncertainty, Disaster Medicine Certification has helped tremendously to demonstrate to hospital leadership my commitment to disaster preparedness and knowledge of planning, response, and mitigation. ABODM certification focuses on the knowledge and skills a physician needs to become a recognized leader in the four stages of disaster preparation and management: planning, coordination, execution, and debriefing.

Lewis W, Marshall, MD, JD, FAAEP, FAADM
Disaster Medicine | Emergency Medicine