Not all Physicians are Board Certified in the Specialties They Practice

In order to practice medicine, a physician must have graduated from medical school, fulfilled applicable residency requirements, and been approved by the state’s official medical board. With board certification, these same general eligibility requirements apply, but the physician must also meet additional training requirements, complete a thorough application process, and pass standardized examinations. In short, board certification is intended to be a rigorous process signifying the physician has obtained expertise in the same field of medicine.

Further complicating matters, not all physicians are board certified in the specialties they practice. This is why it is always important for patients to research the credentials of a physician.

While board certification is not required to practice medicine, it is a valuable tool for determining the expertise and experience of a physician in a particular field of medicine. Every physician is required to be licensed to practice medicine in the state they work.  Board Certification is an extra step a physician may take to assure a patient of that specialty training. And, if you require the services of a specialist, you deserve to know that the physician is a leader in that specialty.

There are specific benefits to board certification that extend beyond the credential. At the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS), for example, our Diplomates have the needed resources to stay up-to-date within their specialties in order to continue their competency in the medical field.

Furthermore, the learning doesn’t stop when a physician becomes board certified no matter their qualifications. ABPS board certified physicians are required to recertify after a set number of years.  During each recertification process, ABPS reviews the physicians’ credentials and administers tests to assure that the physician still demonstrates exemplary knowledge and mastery within their field of certification. Patients can relax knowing that their ABPS board-certified physicians have proved their knowledge and training in a particular field.

If you are interested in determining if a physician is board certified through the American Board of Physician Specialties®, visit our online physician verification database here. Your ABPS physician’s board expertise and educational skills are displayed with this online tool.  Unable to find your physician in the database?  Please call the Verification Department at (813) 433-2277.

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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