The Purpose of Physician Board Recertification Through the ABPS

Physician Board RecertificationThe purpose of physician board recertification is closely related to the reasons why a physician would seek to achieve board certification in a particular specialty or specialties in the first place. That is, to demonstrate a mastery of the knowledge and skills required to provide patients the best possible care.

Providing a reliable measurement of competence in a given specialty is merely the broad purpose of board certification. Embedded within that broad purpose are many specific and compelling reasons a physician should seek to achieve board certification and recertification in a chosen specialty. The purposes of physician board recertification include the following:

  • Recertification enables a physician to maintain his or her mastery of their specialty and enhance his or her professional image.
  • Board recertification and certification have come to be expected by some medical groups, hospitals, managed care companies and knowledgeable consumers.
  • Board certification, while not mandatory, is required by many employers.

In addition, physician board recertification, through the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS), provides Diplomates with:

  • Unlimited board certification verification and attestation
  • Public confirmation
  • Use of the ABPS Certification mark
  • Participation in Member Board development and governance
  • Complimentary membership in the American Association of Physician Specialists (AAPS)
  • Membership in a specialty Academy of Medicine
  • Career networking opportunities

To learn more about the importance of physician board recertification, or to register for recertification, contact the ABPS today. The ABPS is the official board certifying body of the AAPS, 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