Physician Benefits of Choosing the ABPS

Physician Benefits of Choosing the ABPSBoard 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™.

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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.

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