Can You Seek Physician Certification and Recertification from More than One Multi-Specialty Certifying Body?

Dual CertificationThere are only three major multi-specialty board certification bodies in the United States, along with many certification bodies that focus solely on particular specialties. Many physicians currently are credentialed by more than one certifying body.

The Member Boards of the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) welcome qualified practitioners who have achieved physician certification through other multi-specialty bodies, including the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and the American Osteopathic Association Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists (AOA-BOS). Eligibility for recertification in a chosen specialty through an ABPS Member Board will be determined by a number of factors, including:

  • The experience and professional standing of the candidate
  • The willingness of the candidate to complete a non-remedial medical ethics course administered by the ABPS
  • Other eligibility requirements specific to the particular specialties

Why would it be beneficial for a physician already certified in, say, internal medicine through the ABMS to seek board certification with the ABPS? One example is Urgent Care Medicine, which is only offered by the ABPS and is a quickly growing field nationally. Another specialty unique to the ABPS is Integrative Medicine.

If you are a physician who has achieved board certification through the ABMS, the AOA, or any other certifying body, and you are interested in learning more about becoming recertified with the ABPS or in exploring adding an additional board certification to your professional credentials, contact us today.

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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