The Value of Physician Board Certification to Patients, Physicians and the Healthcare System

ABPS Board CertificationPhysician board certification from the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS) means different things to the different groups of people who are potentially affected by it. For physicians, it represents an important level of achievement. For patients, it means knowing that you are receiving the best possible medical care. For the healthcare system, it is a confirmation that a particular pool of physicians has demonstrated the knowledge and skill set required to provide the best care available.

Here is a further look at the value of physician board certification for each of the affected groups:

  • Patients − When you choose a physician specialist, you naturally want to be sure that the person you select has the experience, knowledge base and skill to treat you as well as possible. A physician who has been board certified in the specialty you require has taken the necessary steps to demonstrate that he or she has mastered the core competencies to provide the finest medical care possible.
  • Physicians − In addition to being able to demonstrate your proficiency in your chosen profession, physician board certification is an important addition to your list of career accomplishments. Not only that, but many hiring agents require board certification to be eligible to apply for particular jobs. Board certification can position you to advance into jobs that carry greater responsibilities, as well.
  • The healthcare system − No matter what changes occur in the healthcare system in the coming years, it will always be important that physicians are held to the highest standards of medical care, and that they demonstrate their commitment to those standards. Board certification helps establish consistent standards for evaluation of physicians.

To learn more about the value of ABPS physician board certification, contact us today. The ABPS is the official multi-specialty board certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists®, Inc.


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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.

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
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