Before a Doctor Checks Your Vitals, Check Out His or Her Credentials

Physician CredentialsThe American Board of Physician Specialties® urges you to research a physician’s credentials before scheduling an appointment. While you are undoubtedly eager to find a new physician and receive the care you need, it is important that you know who, exactly, is going to be treating you, and what experience and background he or she has. While board certification isn’t the only barometer for determining the qualifications of a physician in your area, it is an excellent indicator of the physician’s commitment to their patients and expertise in their specialty.

Why Choose a Doctor Certified by the ABPS?

Choosing a physician is a significant decision. You owe it to yourself and your family to do your due diligence and find a professional with the right credentials. While board certification is not required to practice medicine, it is widely viewed as an important indicator of a physician who has gone above and beyond to demonstrate their mastery of their specialty. For example, while specific eligibility requirements with the American Board of Physician Specialties vary depending on the specialty, our Diplomates are required to, at a minimum:

  • Complete a standardized, psychometrically validated written examination
  • Meet our rigorous application standards, which include providing letters of recommendation, documented case files, and other similar requirements
  • Successfully complete our Code of Ethics training
  • Commit to continued education
  • Complete the intensive re-certification process to maintain the current status of their board certification

ABPS Physicians Are Highly Qualified Medical Specialists

As the nation’s third largest nationally recognized board certifying body for physicians, we are committed to helping patients across North America find the most qualified, talented, and experienced physicians in their area. Our Diplomates are well regarded for being leaders in their field and have the opportunity to further their training and utilize an extensive network of fellow board certified physicians throughout the community.

How to Confirm the Board Certification of ABPS Diplomates

To research the credentials of physicians in your area, click here and take advantage of our free online certification confirmation to determine the current status of a physician. To use the system, under Public Inquiries, click the “Look up a Provider” link. Enter the physician’s last and first names into the appropriate fields. If the first name is not available, or if you’re unsure of the spelling, typing in a partial name will provide you with a list of matching physicians. Clicking on a physician’s name will reveal that physician’s current ABPS board certifications. Representatives of healthcare organizations and agencies who seek written verification of board certification credentials can use the ABPS online verification database by registering as a new CVO user, then logging in using the new account to access a full certification profile for the provider.

If you would like to learn more about the talented Diplomates of the ABPS and our mission to offer the highest standards of physician board certification, contact us today.

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On October 18, 2007, President George W. Bush released Homeland Security Presidential Directive 21 (HSPD-21), calling on our nation, among other initiatives, to “collectively support and facilitate the establishment of a discipline of disaster health”. It is a great testament to the wisdom and foresight of the American Board of Physician Specialties that it immediately set to work and created, within the short span of only one year, an educational blueprint and set of certification examinations, both written and oral, for a new subspecialty of disaster medicine—and it is why I chose to be part this vital initiative and this wonderful organization. This is but one of the many innovative programs initiated by the American Board of Physician Specialties over the years, and why I am proud to support its work on behalf of our nation’s public health.

Art Cooper, MD
Disaster Medicine
When the American Board of Physician Specialties offered to host the American Board of Integrative Medicine, ABPS became a landmark organization working to move medicine into the twenty first century. Certifying physicians who have completed rigorous academic training in Integrative Medicine ensures that the field of Integrative Medicine will continue to develop academically, clinically, and professionally. The leadership of ABPS continues to impress me - they are diligent in constantly innovating to provide certifications for physicians who want to advance their careers and their areas of expertise. I am honored to be a part of this organization.

Ann Marie Chiasson, MD
Integrative Medicine
There are many ways board certification advances a physician career. ABPS Board examination verifies your accuracy, precision, and reflects your mastery of your residency training verifying your expertise. ABPS Board certification demonstrates your level of expertise beyond your practice experience, primary education degrees, and training which are necessary for insurance reimbursement and practice privilege requirements. Attaining your ABPS Board Certification will clarify your purpose, secure your practice growth, and expand into leadership positions. Board certification can serve as an indication of a physician’s commitment to medicine, beyond the minimal standards and competency of training, their measurement to quality of care, and attaining an award for excellence.

Chris Kunis MD
Internal Medicine
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