MDs and DOs Have a Choice in Recertification

MDs RecertificationAt the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS), we want to remind board certified medical doctors (MDs) as well as doctors in osteopathic medicine (DOs) that they have a choice when it comes to recertification. We are the third-largest multi-specialty physician certifying body in North America and have extensive experience working with qualified specialists in all 50 states as well as Puerto Rico and Canada. Specifically, physicians who have previously earned board certification through the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) should know that they are eligible for recertification through the ABPS.

Benefits of Physician Board Certification With the ABPS

One of our top priorities at the ABPS is to work closely with our network of Diplomates to provide them a voice that will be heard by their fellow peers and the rest of the medical community. We encourage our Diplomates to pursue leadership positions in their specialties and provide the resources necessary to share experiences, lessons, and best practices to advance the quality of patient care. Furthermore, the ABPS is a strong advocate for our community of Diplomates and has a proven track record of working with healthcare organizations, legislators, hospital groups, and other stakeholders to ensure that the collective voice of our board certified physicians is heard.

Some of the other benefits for MDs recertifying with the ABPS include:

  • We offer unlimited board certification verification, attestation, and public confirmation
  • We offer various networking opportunities and publish job openings for our Diplomates through the American Association of Physician Specialists Physician Career Bulletin
  • We encourage participation in member board development and governance

Requirements for ABPS Board Recertification

The ABPS requires its Diplomates to obtain recertification every eight years. To achieve recertification, board-certified physicians must participate in a regular schedule of maintenance of certification (MOC) in their specialty.

The physician board recertification standards of the ABPS are just as stringent as our eligibility requirements for initial board certification. They include:

  • Completion of a non-remedial medical ethics program
  • Successful completion, in the final year of the eight-year cycle, of a 100-question, securely administered, written exam

In addition, physicians must maintain a full and unrestricted license in every state where they practice.  A physician also must have reported at least 400 CME hours during the eight-year cycle and must have had at least an average of 25 CME hours per year in their specialty.

Get More Information About Recertification Through the ABPS

The ABPS invites qualified applicants to apply for recertification with one of our Member Board, regardless of whether they have earned board certification through the ABMS, the AOA, or the ABPS. Our Diplomates are widely respected in the medical industry as professionals with the skills, knowledge, and dedication to provide exceptional patient care.

To learn about the eligibility requirements for recertification through one of our member boards at the ABPS, contact us today. If you are a medical doctor who is considering recertifying, it is important to know that you do have options, and the ABPS has a long-standing reputation of working hard through good governance to meet the needs of our Diplomates. The ABPS is the official board certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc™.

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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