What Physician Recruiters Should Know About ABPS Board Certification

Physician RecruitersPhysician recruiters who are not as familiar with the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS) as they would like to be should know that the ABPS sets rigorous standards for eligibility and testing. In addition, our allopathic (MD) and osteopathic (DO) physicians always place the concerns of patients first, while abiding by the highest ethical standards.

Study: Rigorous ABPS Testing Ensures High Certification Standards

Our testing standards are as tough as you’ll find in the board certification field, but fair. The ABPS, which is the official certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists®, Inc., received independent confirmation of the high standards of ABPS board certification exam content through an exhaustive practice analysis study performed by Castle Worldwide. This leading certification testing company concluded that the ABPS/AAPS certification programs “meet or exceed the equivalent standards of any other certification organization.”

Medical Ethics Class Makes ABPS a Certification Board Pioneer

Physician recruiters also can rest assured that any physician who has earned board certification through an ABPS Member Board has proven, through written, oral, or hands-on simulation testing, that he or she has earned the right to be considered an accomplished leader in the medical community. Every physician who becomes board certified through the ABPS has proven that he or she has mastered the core competencies required to provide the absolute finest medical care possible in their chosen specialty. In addition, qualified physicians who achieve board certification through an ABPS Member Board are required to take a non-remedial medical ethics course once every eight years to achieve recertification. The ABPS is the only medical board certification body to require such a course.

A Practical Approach to Certification for the Advancement of Medical Care

The ABPS takes a practical approach to physician board certification, allowing doctors to grow personally and professionally while meeting the growing need for more comprehensive patient care. The ABPS certified its first physician in 1960 and since then has certified and recertified physicians in a wide range of specialties. Recognized as thought leaders in their specialties, ABPS physicians practice their specialty in all 50 states, as well as Canada and Puerto Rico, and have helped boost the reputation of medical institutions both large and small.  As members of a distinguished community committed to providing world-class medical care, ABPS physicians instill confidence in patients that they will receive the best care possible.

At the ABPS, our message to physician recruiters is simple: If you want to ensure that you have the strongest candidate pool available, include Diplomates of the ABPS, and educate your CEOs about us and our various member boards.

To learn more about ABPS board certification eligibility requirements or testing standards, 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