Physician Benefits of Choosing the ABPS
Board certification gives physicians the opportunity to demonstrate that they have the skills and knowledge to deliver world-class medical care in their chosen specialty, and, nowadays, physicians have several certifying boards to choose from. It wasn’t always this way. The American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS) was founded in 1952. We take a non-discriminatory approach to board certification, and since certifying our first physician in 1960, we have certified numerous highly qualified physicians in a range of specialties, from traditional fields like family medicine and dermatology to emerging specialties like integrative medicine and disaster medicine. In fact, we are the only multi-specialty board that offers certification in these emerging fields.
Our application process is rigorous. Candidates for certification must meet several eligibility requirements and pass a comprehensive specialty exam. Once certified, physicians must complete several hours of continuing medical education annually. It’s no wonder that only the most talented and committed physicians achieve certification through the ABPS. That they are also widely viewed as leaders in their fields is also not surprising. And as for other career benefits, consider that certification with an ABPS Member Board:
- Makes physicians more marketable to potential employers
- Enables physicians to gain opportunities for career advancement, which can lead to increased earning potential
- Fosters recognition and respect from medical colleagues
- Gives doctors a meaningful voice as a valued member of the healthcare community
Of course, ABPS certification also benefits patients enormously. It promotes ongoing physician education that helps to advance medical specialties and provides physicians opportunities to advocate for better patient care. In short, an ABPS-certified physician is a member of a distinguished community whose top priority is the advancement of patient care and safety.
If you are a physician who is interested in pursuing board certification, one of the highest honors a physician can receive, we encourage you to consider the ABPS. For information about our eligibility requirements and our Member Boards, contact us today. The ABPS is the official board certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc™.