Physician Board Recertification Standards of the ABPS

Physician Board Recertification StandardsThe American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) requires its Diplomates to obtain recertification every eight years. In order to achieve recertification, an ABPS board certified physician must participate in a regular schedule of maintenance and enhancement of competency (MAEC) in his or her specialty.

The physician board recertification standards of the ABPS are just as stringent as the eligibility requirements in place when a physician originally obtained board certification. They include:

  • Completion of a non-remedial medical ethics program
  • Completion of at least 25 continuing medical education (CME) hours during the preceding eight years through programs sponsored by the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.
  • In the final year of the eight-year cycle, a 100-question, securely administered, written examination must be taken and passed

In addition, a physician must maintain a full and unrestricted license in every state where he or she practices.  A physician also must have reported at least 400 CME hours during the eight-year cycle, and must have had at least an average of 25 CME hours per year in his or her specialty. Also, an average of 50 questions of self-assessment CME examinations (as approved by the physician’s certifying board) must be completed annually until the final year of the eight-year cycle. That means a total of 350 completed questions of self-assessment CME examination must be reported to the ABPS at the end of the cycle, prior to recertification.

To learn more about the rigorous physician board recertification standards of the ABPS, contact us today. The ABPS is the official board certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.


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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