The Physician Board Certification Standard

Physician Board Certification Standard | ABPSBoard Certification is the single most reputable, regarded and trusted indicator of a physician’s expertise and qualifications in his or her area of expertise. In order to become board certified, interested physician candidates must meet rigorous eligibility requirements, which usually includes the successful completion of a standardized written and, in some cases, oral examination, which seeks to identify physician leaders who have mastered the core concepts and competencies that define their specialty area. For this reason, the standard for board certification must remain unimpeachable because patients, employers and credentialers use this as one of the key indicators of a physician’s qualifications.

Today, there are three multi-specialty physician certifying organizations that offer the same standard of board certification. They are the American Board of Medical Specialties® (ABMS), the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), and the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS). While each certifying organization has its own advantages, the standard for board certification that they offer are entirely equal. To be board certified through the ABPS, ABMS and AOA carries the exact same weight.

With that said, it is in the best interest of motivated physician candidates to thoroughly research each certifying organization in order to identify the Member Board that best represents their values and priorities. At the ABPS, for example, our Diplomates are part of a like-minded opportunity that are encouraged and supported in their efforts to share best practices, pass along new job opportunities, and help evolve their disciplines. The ABPS also has a sterling reputation for our proactive efforts to ensure that the voices of our Diplomates are heard by healthcare CEOS, credentialers, lawmakers and other stakeholders.

Regardless of the certifying organization that you turn to for board certification, you can be confident that you will be a member of an exclusive club of highly qualified physicians whose credentials have been independently verified and determined to be of the highest standard. To learn more about the eligibility requirements for board certification through the ABPS, and the advantages to becoming board certified through one of our Member Boards, contact us today. The ABPS is the official certifying organization of the American Association of Physician Specialists®.

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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