What Lawmakers Need to Know About Physician Board Certification

Physician Board CertificationBoard certification is a highly regarded metric for identifying physicians who have demonstrated mastery of their chosen field. Yet, it isn’t just patients who value board certification. Local, state, and federal lawmakers are also increasingly including language in healthcare legislation that specifically defines board certified physicians. At the American Board of Physician Specialties®, we support any legislation that benefits the public and our Diplomates throughout North America, but we also urge lawmakers to remember that there are three nationally recognized physician multi-specialty certifying bodies in the country: the ABMS, the ABPS, and the AOA. Any definition of board certification that does not include all three is unintentionally discriminating a significant number of physician leaders in North America.

The American Board of Physician Specialties is the official certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists. We have Diplomates in all 50 states, as well as Canada and Puerto Rico, and since we were founded in the mid-20th century, we have established a sterling reputation in the healthcare community. In order to become board certified, our physicians must meet our stringent eligibility requirements and successfully complete a standardized examination process. In short, our board certified physicians represent some of the best and the brightest in the health care industry and have repeatedly proven themselves to their peers, employers, and patients, which is why we are so committed to ensuring that our Diplomates have equal opportunities as their counterparts in the ABMS and AOA.

Our message to lawmakers is this: When defining board certification in any legislation that establishes eligible providers and/or standards of certification, be sure to include all three nationally recognized physician multi-specialty certifying bodies listed here. Healthcare policy is too important to inadvertently neglect some of the most highly trained and experienced professionals in the industry.

If you have any questions about board certification, the ABPS, or the credentials of our Diplomates, please contact us today.

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On October 18, 2007, President George W. Bush released Homeland Security Presidential Directive 21 (HSPD-21), calling on our nation, among other initiatives, to “collectively support and facilitate the establishment of a discipline of disaster health”. It is a great testament to the wisdom and foresight of the American Board of Physician Specialties that it immediately set to work and created, within the short span of only one year, an educational blueprint and set of certification examinations, both written and oral, for a new subspecialty of disaster medicine—and it is why I chose to be part this vital initiative and this wonderful organization. This is but one of the many innovative programs initiated by the American Board of Physician Specialties over the years, and why I am proud to support its work on behalf of our nation’s public health.

Art Cooper, MD
Disaster Medicine
When the American Board of Physician Specialties offered to host the American Board of Integrative Medicine, ABPS became a landmark organization working to move medicine into the twenty first century. Certifying physicians who have completed rigorous academic training in Integrative Medicine ensures that the field of Integrative Medicine will continue to develop academically, clinically, and professionally. The leadership of ABPS continues to impress me - they are diligent in constantly innovating to provide certifications for physicians who want to advance their careers and their areas of expertise. I am honored to be a part of this organization.

Ann Marie Chiasson, MD
Integrative Medicine
There are many ways board certification advances a physician career. ABPS Board examination verifies your accuracy, precision, and reflects your mastery of your residency training verifying your expertise. ABPS Board certification demonstrates your level of expertise beyond your practice experience, primary education degrees, and training which are necessary for insurance reimbursement and practice privilege requirements. Attaining your ABPS Board Certification will clarify your purpose, secure your practice growth, and expand into leadership positions. Board certification can serve as an indication of a physician’s commitment to medicine, beyond the minimal standards and competency of training, their measurement to quality of care, and attaining an award for excellence.

Chris Kunis MD
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
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