Physician Board Certification: the Path to Professional Achievement
While 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.
Key Facts About the ABPS
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 50 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.
ABPS Certification Serves as a Career Investment
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 or oral 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.
What Sets ABPS Apart from Other Certification Boards?
At ABPS, we’re proud to be the only multi-specialty certifying board in the United States that offers certification in emerging fields like family medicine obstetrics, disaster medicine, and integrative medicine. Moreover, we provide a distinct pathway for emergency medicine physicians to achieve certification in their field. Previously, those specializing in primary care but excelling in emergency room expertise couldn’t get emergency medicine certification. Our innovative emergency medicine fellowship program now offers these doctors an ideal route to obtain EM certification. ABPS is committed to advancing medical specialties and recognizing outstanding physicians in specialized areas.
Eligibility Requirements of the ABPS
The ABPS maintains stringent eligibility requirements. These requirements differ from specialty to specialty, but all ABPS Member Boards share certain requirements, including:
- Being in conformity with the Code of Ethics of the ABPS, being known in the community as an ethical member of the profession, and being an active practitioner in the specialty for which you’re seeking certification
- Having graduated from a recognized U.S., Canadian, or international allopathic or osteopathic college of medicine. International graduates must also hold a valid Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) Certificate.
- Holding a valid and unrestricted license(s) to practice medicine in the United States, U.S. territories, or Canada.
To learn more, contact the ABPS. The ABPS is the official multi-specialty certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.