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.

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