Physician Board Certification: the Path to Professional Achievement

Physician Board Certification AchievementWhile physician board certification is voluntary, it is essential and necessary for any physician who wishes to reach his or her full professional potential over the course of a career. Board certified physicians have proven that they possess an elite level of knowledge and experience within a chosen medical specialty, and they are rewarded with better jobs, more responsibility, and a greater level of professional prestige. They are considered leaders in their field, and they have earned the trust and respect of their peers, hiring agents, and patients.

The American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) believes that qualified physicians deserve every opportunity to enjoy a long, rewarding career commensurate with their ability and commitment. Here are a few other important facts about the ABPS:

  • The ABPS is one of the nation’s leading certifying bodies for both allopathic (MD) and osteopathic (DO) physicians.
  • The ABPS has Diplomates in all of the fifty states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Canada. We take great pride in setting and sustaining rigorous standards of certification in 18 areas of medical practice.
  • Diplomates of ABPS are graduates of some of the nation’s most prestigious medical schools and have been accepted in practice at some of the country’s top healthcare institutions.
  • ABPS certification is listed on Healthgrades and is officially recognized by state licensing authorities as well as federal programs such as the Veterans Health Administration and United States Armed Forces under the GI Bill, as well as The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
  • In addition, all Diplomates and applicants have been primary source verified by Aperture, an accredited Credentials Verification Organization (CVO) by both The Joint Commission and National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).
  • ABPS is one of three nationally recognized multi-specialty physician certifying organizations.


The ABPS encourages qualified physicians of all ages, ethnicities and economic backgrounds to study the career advantages of becoming board certified within a specialty. Any physician who has achieved board certification through one of our Member Boards has proven, through written, oral, or hands-on simulation testing, that he or she has earned the right to be considered an accomplished leader in the medical community. It is an investment in themselves, a big step along the path of professional achievement and a demonstration that they possess the knowledge and experience required to provide the best possible medical care.

To learn more, contact the ABPS. The ABPS is the official multi-specialty 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.

I feel truly blessed and grateful to be an internal medicine board-certified diplomate with the American Board of Physician Specialties. Their ongoing, steadfast commitment to physician board(s) enhancement, forward focused vision, and tenacity is second to none. ABPS has become a recognized choice in Physician Board Certification.

Adam Rench, MD
Internal Medicine
To be the best, you must measure yourself against the best. Achieving Board Certification in Emergency Medicine by the ABPS gave me the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of the art of EM in an objective way. The high bar that ABPS sets for candidates to be allowed to take both the written and oral exam is a testament to ABPS's rigorous vetting of one's ability to practice Emergency Medicine at a high level. By maintaining these credentials, I've been able to instill confidence in my abilities at the department/employer level and ultimately with the patients that choose to seek emergency care at the facilities at which I practice.

Royce Mathew Joseph, MD
Emergency Medicine
The American Board of Physician Specialties has supported the entire field of Integrative Medicine in sponsoring our board. It has been so validating of the importance of prevention-oriented and holistic approaches to care while emphasizing the scientific basis of this specialty to have it recognized by ABPS. I am proud to have been one of the first groups to be board certified by ABPS in Integrative Medicine, leading the way for others committed to training in this specialty.

Myles Spar, MD
Integrative Medicine