Hospitals Considering Options to Attract Additional Qualified Physicians Need to Consider Those Certified by the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS)

For physicians, board certification is a mark of distinction. It signifies that they have acquired education beyond the requirements of their chosen specialty, and have proven through rigorous testing that they are among the most skilled medical specialists practicing today. Hospitals across the country clearly understand that earning board certification requires talent and dedication, which is why so many institutions have prioritized the hiring of board-certified physicians.

As certification continues to grow in importance, so will the competition among hospitals to hire the best and brightest medical professionals. But, with bylaws that recognize only certain physician certifying bodies, too many institutions undermine their own efforts to attract qualified physicians, ultimately, depriving patients of opportunities to receive exceptional medical care.

At the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS), we encourage hospitals to consider physicians certified by one of our nationally recognized boards. Our eligibility requirements and testing standards are every bit as stringent as those of the nation’s other prominent multi-specialty certifying bodies. In fact, the ABPS’ requirement for recertification after eight years—as opposed to the typical 10 years—ensures that ABPS-certified physicians stay updated on medical advancements for an extensive period.

Since certifying our first physician in 1960, we have certified numerous highly skilled specialists in traditional medical fields such as dermatology, family medicine, and internal medicine, as well as in several emerging specialties. Notably, we are the only multispecialty board that offers certification in family medicine obstetrics, disaster medicine, and integrative medicine. Altogether, the ABPS has 12 specialty boards and Diplomates in 20 specialties.

With Diplomates across all 50 states, as well as Canada and Puerto Rico, the ABPS is committed to physician certification that creates standards for identifying world-class specialists who deliver safe and compassionate medical care. For more information, about the ABPS, our Member Boards, and our Diplomates, contact us.

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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.

I value my ABPS certification very highly because it is one-of-a-kind certification in Urgent Care Medicine under the auspices of a larger, reputable organization. I really enjoy the professional and personal relationships I have formed with other individuals in the development of this new board and appreciate the great lengths that ABPS goes to ensure and enhance the recognition of it's component boards.
Joseph D. Toscano, MD
Urgent Care Medicine
ABPS provides a guarantee of a high level of competency. Not only has this been good for my professional development but it has assured my patients that the clinicians they see are trained to the highest degree.


Mimi Guarneri, MD, FACC
Integrative Medicine
ABPS gives its members unique opportunities to learn and develop professionally. I have been practicing Emergency Medicine for over 27 years and have been privileged to be a member of this fabulous organization. Through ABPS I have developed tremendously in my professional career becoming a consummate practitioner of my trade, a physician leader locally at my hospital, in my region , at the state level, and a published clinical researcher.
Leslie Mukau, MD, FAAEP, FACEP
Emergency Medicine