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.

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.

Adam Rench, MD
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