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.

ABPS is a leading advocate for its Diplomates, their patients, and the public at large by promoting high-quality evidence-based patient care. ABPS certifies physicians through industry-leading rigorous examinations in various boards and offers continuous recertification making sure that these physicians are qualified to practice safe state of the art medicine.

Leslie Mukau, MD, FAAEP, FACEP
Emergency Medicine
In this time of uncertainty, Disaster Medicine Certification has helped tremendously to demonstrate to hospital leadership my commitment to disaster preparedness and knowledge of planning, response, and mitigation. ABODM certification focuses on the knowledge and skills a physician needs to become a recognized leader in the four stages of disaster preparation and management: planning, coordination, execution, and debriefing.

Lewis W, Marshall, MD, JD, FAAEP, FAADM
Disaster Medicine | Emergency Medicine
ABPS board certification validates a physician's competence in their medical specialty. This is important to a patient seeking medical care. Physician recertification through ABPS assures that we maintain knowledge and expertise throughout our career. The ABPS is a collegial and committed organization of physicians and administrative staff. The organization has given me the opportunity to become involved in all facets of the board certification process and physician governance.

Lawrence Stein, MD, FAASOS
Orthopedic Surgery