Physician Board Certification and Recertification Body of the AAPS

Physician Board CertificationThe American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) is the official physician board certification body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc. The physicians and public members of the ABPS specialty boards develop and administer clinically based medical board certification exams for 17 specialties. Our Member Boards provide physician specialists the opportunity to demonstrate the knowledge and skill of the core competencies necessary to practice their chosen specialties or sub-specialties.

The organization collectively is guided by a distinct set of objectives regarding board certification. These objectives include:

  • Providing physician board certification in a variety of medical specialties and sub-specialties
  • Establishing and maintaining professional standards for each medical specialty board of certification and verify that members meet and maintain these standards
  • Promoting communication and providing a coordinated structure for conducting the affairs of the affiliated boards of certification
  • Providing a forum for addressing certification issues confronting physician specialists
  • Reviewing and acting upon applications for new specialty boards
  • Setting rigorous standards for certification
  • Promoting collegiality, fraternity and service among Diplomates
  • Informing the public about specialty certification, the certification process, and the status of certified physicians

To learn more about the role the ABPS, and for information about becoming certified or recertified through one of our Member Boards, contact us 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.

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