Changing Standards, Changing Reality: How the ABPS Helps Physicians Adapt to an Evolving Healthcare System

Evolving Health CareHealthcare standards are different today than they were 50 years ago, and they will not be the same 50 years from now. The healthcare industry must respond to inevitable evolution by providing an accurate means of measuring the ability of physician specialists to deliver the best possible medical care. Diplomates of the American Board of Physicians Specialties (ABPS) are positioned not only to respond to the changing nature of healthcare in the United States and Canada, but also to help shape the very future of the healthcare industry.

The ABPS Takes a Non-Discriminatory Approach to Board Certification

The ABPS arose, in part, as a response to the shifting reality of the healthcare landscape. As the population of qualified osteopathic physicians grew in the mid-20th century, they required a path to board certification. The parent company of the ABPS, the American Association of Physician Specialists (AAPS), Inc., was the first organization of its kind to accept qualified osteopathic physicians (DO) as well as allopathic physicians (MD). That is just one example of how the ABPS, at a foundational level, has historically responded to the evolving reality of healthcare in the U.S. and Canada.

The ABPS Offers Certification in Emerging Medical Specialties

As healthcare continues to evolve, we remain committed to our goal of enabling physicians to gain personal and professional advancement while meeting today’s increasing demands for patient care. To that end, we have created other boards that are unique in the certification industry, including:

  • The American Board of Integrative Medicine (ABOIM)
  • The Board of Certification in Urgent Care Medicine (BCUCM)
  • The Board of Certification in Family Medicine Obstetrics (BCFMO)
  • The American Board of Administrative Medicine (ABAM)
  • The Board of Certification in Emergency Medicine (BCEM)

With a significant lineup of specialty boards, ABPS is one of three recognized multi-specialty certifying organizations. The rigorous ABPS certification standards are equivalent to those of ABMS and AOS and offer physicians a credible choice in board certification and recertification.

General Eligibility Requirements for ABPS Board Certification

While the eligibility requirements of the ABPS differ from specialty to specialty, there are certain general eligibility requirements that are shared by all ABPS Member Boards. These include:

  • 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.

Why Physicians Seek ABPS Board Certification

Diplomates of the Member Boards of the ABPS have demonstrated that they possess the skill sets and knowledge necessary to provide the best available care for patients. They also belong to a community of physicians who are equally dedicated to the advancement of medical care within their chosen specialties, while adhering to the ABPS code of medical ethics. ABPS Diplomates share best practices among themselves, and have access to professional networking opportunities with fellow physicians. Communication is a key component to remaining nimble in the face of change as an organization. In addition, ABPS physicians help develop the board certification exams, which are clinically based and designed to test physicians’ knowledge of recent medical advances, as well as the depth of their experience.

To learn more about how the ABPS responds to – and helps shape – ongoing change in the field of healthcare in the U.S. and Canada, contact us today. The ABPS is the official multi-specialty board certifying body of the AAPS.

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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