The Role of the ABPS in the Physician Board Certification Process

Physician Board Certification RolePhysician board certification is a way for practitioners, of particular medical specialties, to demonstrate their mastery of the core competencies required to provide patients the highest level of care. The prestige and relevance of board certification is enhanced by the authority of the certifying body responsible for administering the exams and for maintaining shareable records of who has achieved board certification.

The American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS) is one of the most respected multi-specialty certifying boards in the United States. It is the official certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc. and Member Boards administer physician board certification exams for 18 distinct specialties. One way, the ABPS maintains its elite position among certifying bodies, is an insistence that all Diplomates strictly adhere to the ABPS Code of Ethics, as outlined in the mission statement.  Member Boards also ensure the accurate measurement of the abilities and experience of candidates by using clinically based written, oral and patient simulation exams developed with the most rigorous standards available.

In addition to providing a platform for physician board certification, the ABPS provides managed care organizations, hospitals, and other medical employers a detailed, primary-sourced verification of an individual’s current board certification and recertification. A similar, less-detailed service caters to public inquiries from patients who wish to confirm  their doctors are board certified in the specialty or specialties claimed.

Finally, the ABPS serves as a focal point for a distinguished network of physicians whose priority is the advancement of patient care. To learn more about the role of the ABPS in the physician board certification process, contact ABPS today.


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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.

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