ABPS Physician Certification:  A ‘Big Tent’ Approach to the Advancement of Patient Care

Physician CertificationPhysician certification from the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) is based on rigorous scientific standards and innovative examination techniques that prove your professional competency. When you achieve physician certification through the ABPS, you are doing more than merely passing an exam. You are demonstrating to the world that you are among the best and the brightest in your chosen specialty or subspecialty.

Yet, physician certification from the ABPS means so much more than that. ABPS Diplomates are staunch advocates of ensuring that patient care always supersedes the business side of medicine. When you earn board certification through the ABPS, you become a member of a distinguished community of like-minded physicians who prioritize the advancement of patient care and safety, rather than things like reimbursement and coding. In order to strengthen that cause, the ABPS community of board certified physicians takes a “big tent” approach to medicine that provides opportunities for all Diplomates to share in the advocacy of improved patient care. Each ABPS member is a valued participant whose voice is heard and respected. Experiences and best practices are shared with the ABPS community at large, enabling members to learn from the successes and setbacks of others.

In addition to promoting honest, open internal communication among our members, we believe that it is vital to proactively reach out to healthcare organizations, hospitals, legislators, and the communities where members practice in order to reinforce the importance of placing patients first. In that respect, the ABPS community’s strength and unity enable our Diplomates to make their voices heard in the public arena, thereby helping shape the very future of healthcare.

If you believe physician board certification should be more than a perfunctory requirement for employment, and if you believe it is important for physicians to have a more powerful voice as advocates for the advancement of patient care, contact ABPS to learn more about our certification and recertification process. The ABPS is the certifying body for the American Association of Physician Specialists, providing board certification for 18 medical specialties. We also welcome physicians certified by other bodies who would like to seek dual board certification through one of our Member Boards.

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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.

When I think historically, advancement in medicine and patient safety and care has been driven by the diversity of people and scientific thought. That’s what I found at the ABPS and more. For over 60 years that is just who we are. I found a physician certifying body that provides a choice and voice to all physicians ensuring that patients are always placed first.

Jerry Allison, MD
Emergency Medicine
When I decided to pursue a full time role as a physician executive it was important to me to obtain additional professional training, education and work experience. Board certification through the ABPS in Administrative Medicine is validation of my efforts and a demonstration of dedication to professional development. We need more physicians to become full time health care executives, knowing there is a board certification option in Administrative Medicine encourages physicians to take the leap from full time clinical practice to healthcare organizational leadership.

Richard Paula, MD
Administrative Medicine
The American Board of Physician Specialties has provided me with the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of internal medicine through board certification. As a hospitalist, board certification is an expected credential, and hospitals recognize the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) as one of the three standard credentialling bodies for Internal Medicine. Additionally, the ABPS has helped me develop leadership skills as a Board member and Committee Chairperson. ABPS has also helped me sharpen critical thinking skills as a test question developer and reviewer. The Allopathic (MD) and Osteopathic (DO) physicians in the ABPS are lifelong learners and frequently pursue multiple board certifications. I enjoy the camaraderie of my peers in ABPS.

Loren Jay Chassels, DO
Internal Medicine