Why It Is Important for a Physician to Be Board Certified in a Specialty

Physician Board CertifiedA physician who is board certified in his or her chosen specialty automatically is afforded an extra level of respect from patients, peers, and potential employers. Achieving board certification is proof that the physician has mastered the knowledge and core competencies necessary to provide the best patient care possible.

Why is it important? Because patients deserve to know that their physicians have mastered the specialty, and healthcare employers want to know the same thing before they make a new hire. It is about engendering confidence in the health care industry as a whole, as well as confidence in the expertise of an individual physician specialist. It also is about a physician’s career – board certification is considered mandatory for credentialing by many health plans.

The American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) provides a physician who wishes to become board certified a broad selection of 18 specialties. ABPS exams are developed using the most rigorous standards for measuring the knowledge base and skill set required to provide the absolute best patient care available. The Member Boards of the ABPS administer written, oral, and simulation-based board certification exams in:

  • Anesthesiology
  • Dermatology
  • Diagnostic Radiology
  • Disaster Medicine
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Family Medicine Obstetrics
  • Family Practice
  • Geriatric Medicine
  • Hospital Medicine
  • Integrative Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Psychiatry
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Surgery
  • Urgent Care

A physician might also wish to become board certified through the ABPS in order to become part of a diverse, eminent community of his or her peers. The priority of this distinguished group of physicians is the advancement of patient care and safety, to which end best practices and clinical experiences are shared in the name of education. In addition, every ABPS Diplomate has access to many leadership opportunities within the organization, and every voice is heard and valued.

To learn more about the benefits of physician board certification through the ABPS, contact us today. The ABPS is the official 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 gives its members unique opportunities to learn and develop professionally. I have been practicing Emergency Medicine for over 27 years and have been privileged to be a member of this fabulous organization. Through ABPS I have developed tremendously in my professional career becoming a consummate practitioner of my trade, a physician leader locally at my hospital, in my region , at the state level, and a published clinical researcher.
Leslie Mukau, MD, FAAEP, FACEP
Emergency Medicine
ABPS provides a guarantee of a high level of competency. Not only has this been good for my professional development but it has assured my patients that the clinicians they see are trained to the highest degree.


Mimi Guarneri, MD, FACC
Integrative Medicine
I value my ABPS certification very highly because it is one-of-a-kind certification in Urgent Care Medicine under the auspices of a larger, reputable organization. I really enjoy the professional and personal relationships I have formed with other individuals in the development of this new board and appreciate the great lengths that ABPS goes to ensure and enhance the recognition of it's component boards.
Joseph D. Toscano, MD
Urgent Care Medicine