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.

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