What ABPS Medical Certification Tells Patients About You

Medical CertificationMedical certification from the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) is a critical step toward employment for physicians, but it also sends an important message to patients. At the most basic level, it is proof that you have demonstrated to an eminent medical certification board that you have mastered the subject matter required for your chosen specialty with supreme competence. Also, ABPS certification indicates you are part of an elite group of distinguished physicians who have met the rigorous standards for medical knowledge and ethics set forth by the ABPS, one of the top certifying bodies in the nation.

ABPS medical certification also tells your patients that you are more concerned about them than you are about the business side of medicine, because the guiding principle behind every medical certification board associated with the ABPS, is placing the care and safety of patients ahead of commercial concerns.

Although de-emphasizing the business side might sound like an unrealistically altruistic basis for medical certification, it is important to remember that building the faith and confidence of patients is absolutely vital for healthcare professionals, regardless of specialty. Affiliation with a medical certification board backed by the history and rigorous standards of the ABPS provides a foundation of trust that could, in the end, be the deciding factor as a patient chooses where to seek medical care.

In addition to being a tangible reinforcement of a physician’s credentials, medical certification from the ABPS also is an acknowledgement that a physician has met our organization’s standards for compassion in every aspect of the physician’s practice. Instilling compassion raises the level of care continuously. It is one of the fundamental values of the ABPS and your patients will notice the difference.

Contact the ABPS to learn more. The ABPS is the certifying body for the American Association of Physician Specialists providing board certification for 17 medical specialties.

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On October 18, 2007, President George W. Bush released Homeland Security Presidential Directive 21 (HSPD-21), calling on our nation, among other initiatives, to “collectively support and facilitate the establishment of a discipline of disaster health”. It is a great testament to the wisdom and foresight of the American Board of Physician Specialties that it immediately set to work and created, within the short span of only one year, an educational blueprint and set of certification examinations, both written and oral, for a new subspecialty of disaster medicine—and it is why I chose to be part this vital initiative and this wonderful organization. This is but one of the many innovative programs initiated by the American Board of Physician Specialties over the years, and why I am proud to support its work on behalf of our nation’s public health.

Art Cooper, MD
Disaster Medicine
When the American Board of Physician Specialties offered to host the American Board of Integrative Medicine, ABPS became a landmark organization working to move medicine into the twenty first century. Certifying physicians who have completed rigorous academic training in Integrative Medicine ensures that the field of Integrative Medicine will continue to develop academically, clinically, and professionally. The leadership of ABPS continues to impress me - they are diligent in constantly innovating to provide certifications for physicians who want to advance their careers and their areas of expertise. I am honored to be a part of this organization.

Ann Marie Chiasson, MD
Integrative Medicine
There are many ways board certification advances a physician career. ABPS Board examination verifies your accuracy, precision, and reflects your mastery of your residency training verifying your expertise. ABPS Board certification demonstrates your level of expertise beyond your practice experience, primary education degrees, and training which are necessary for insurance reimbursement and practice privilege requirements. Attaining your ABPS Board Certification will clarify your purpose, secure your practice growth, and expand into leadership positions. Board certification can serve as an indication of a physician’s commitment to medicine, beyond the minimal standards and competency of training, their measurement to quality of care, and attaining an award for excellence.

Chris Kunis MD
Internal Medicine
When I think historically, advancement in medicine and patient safety and care has been driven by the diversity of people and scientific thought. That’s what I found at the ABPS and more. For over 60 years that is just who we are. I found a physician certifying body that provides a choice and voice to all physicians ensuring that patients are always placed first.

Jerry Allison, MD
Emergency Medicine
When I decided to pursue a full time role as a physician executive it was important to me to obtain additional professional training, education and work experience. Board certification through the ABPS in Administrative Medicine is validation of my efforts and a demonstration of dedication to professional development. We need more physicians to become full time health care executives, knowing there is a board certification option in Administrative Medicine encourages physicians to take the leap from full time clinical practice to healthcare organizational leadership.

Richard Paula, MD
Administrative Medicine
The American Board of Physician Specialties has provided me with the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of internal medicine through board certification. As a hospitalist, board certification is an expected credential, and hospitals recognize the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) as one of the three standard credentialling bodies for Internal Medicine. Additionally, the ABPS has helped me develop leadership skills as a Board member and Committee Chairperson. ABPS has also helped me sharpen critical thinking skills as a test question developer and reviewer. The Allopathic (MD) and Osteopathic (DO) physicians in the ABPS are lifelong learners and frequently pursue multiple board certifications. I enjoy the camaraderie of my peers in ABPS.

Loren Jay Chassels, DO
Internal Medicine