What Does it Mean for a Physician to Earn Board Certification?

Board Certification MeaningBoard certification represents an important level of achievement for a physician. It is a tangible demonstration that she or he has mastered the core competencies necessary to provide the best possible care in a chosen specialty or specialties. It means that he or she has been tested by peers and proven that his or her level of skill and knowledge is at the very top of the medical profession. It also means that the physician not only is qualified, but just might be a perfect fit for a particular job in his or her specialty.

These are all factors that should be considered as a physician thinks about becoming board certified with one or more of the Member Boards of the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS). Furthermore, physician board certification sends the right message to patients, whose decisions about where to go for healing or health maintenance often depend on the credentials of a hospital or clinic’s physicians.

While most physicians understand the effect board certification has on career development, the less-obvious benefits include:

  • The respect of their peers and the fellowship of practitioners who share best practice techniques and more
  • Added incentive to remain as updated as possible about new techniques and treatment methods in their chosen specialty in order to achieve recertification
  • An opportunity to be viewed as a leader in their chosen specialty, and to shape the course of the medical profession for years to come

To learn more about the importance and benefits of physician board certification – and why it is so important – contact the ABPS today. The ABPS is the official board certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.

 

 

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Personal challenge and motivation compelled me to pass my ABPS board exam. Measurement and confirmation of my own knowledge base reinforced my self-confidence. The ABPS, with its history of inclusivity, has allowed me to have a voice in the organization, while permitting me to impact overall national patient safety and care through certification. Participation in exam development afforded me the opportunity to witness the rigorousness of the exam process and psychometrically sound product, while developing meaningful collegiality, professional life enrichment, and warding off burn out.

Elizabeth Maxwell-Schmidt MD, FAAEP, FACEP
Emergency Medicine
Board certification through the American Board of Physician Specialties has served to substantiate my interest and additional training in several fields of medicine including Internal Medicine, Disaster Medicine, and Administrative Medicine. As a result, I have been able to serve my community in clinical, disaster response, and administrative medicine roles. Through the ABPS, I have become recognized as a leader in my various fields of interest.

Spencer Price MD, MPH, MBA
Internal Medicine, Disaster Medicine, Administrative Medicine
BCEM certification through ABPS has provided me with many opportunities. It has helped me demonstrate that I have special experience and expertise in Emergency Medicine beyond that obtained through my family medicine training. BCEM certification firmly established me as an emergency medicine specialist once I started working in emergency medicine full time. ABPS has also helped me network with other family physicians with a passion for improving rural and underserved emergency medicine practice.

Alex Beuning, MD, FAAEP
Emergency Medicine