Important ABPS Facts for Physician Board Certification Candidates

Important ABPS Facts for Physician Board Certification CandidatesAs a physician, you’ve dedicated many years of your life to become the medical professional you are today. Your rigorous medical school and postgraduate training, and the thorough approval process from your state’s licensing board—all of that is behind you. But, now, you’ve realized that to differentiate yourself in today’s competitive medical environment, your next logical step is to pursue board certification. But which certification body do you choose?

The American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS) believes you have the right to choose a board that aligns with your values, a board that can offer you the widest range of professional opportunities. As a nationally recognized choice for physician board certification, we believe that more choices foster increased competition, which results in innovation and advancement that results in improved patient care.

We think our Diplomates, as well the growing number of respected healthcare institutions that hire them, would certainly agree. As members of a trusted community of like-minded professionals, ABPS Diplomates are considered leaders in their fields wherever they practice, which is to say all 50 states, Canada, and Puerto Rico.

As you narrow down your board certification options, here are a few salient facts about the ABPS to consider:

  • We have 12 Member Boards that offer certification in a variety of specialties, from primary care fields such as family medicine and internal medicine to innovative specialties such as integrative medicine and family medicine obstetrics.
  • The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Handbook was revised to include the ABPS as a choice for board certification.
  • Various state medical boards have retained strict language that accepts and recognizes the ABPS as a recognized certifying entity that meets the higher certification standards they require.
  • ABPS certification exams, procedures, and protocols are clinically, psychometrically, and legally defensible, and have been found to be equivalent to those set by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and American Osteopathic Association (AOA).
  • Leading credentialing organizations such as Greely, HCPro, and the National Association of Medical Staff Services (NAMSS) recognize the ABPS as a choice in physician certification.

If you would like more information about the ABPS, why not contact us today? We will gladly provide you with information about our Member Boards, our eligibility requirements, and our certification process.

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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 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