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.

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