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.

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