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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Medical organizations throughout North America understand that our rigorous certification standards prove that ABPS Diplomates are capable of delivering the best patient care possible.

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
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