Physicians Have a Choice for Board Certification

Physicians Have a Choice for Board CertificationBefore the 1952 founding of the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS), many qualified physicians who applied for board certification were turned away if they lacked residency training in their chosen specialty. Created to provide certification options, the ABPS certified its first physician in 1960, and since then has become one of the three nationally recognized multispecialty certifying organizations in the country.

We offer both allopathic and osteopathic physicians board certification in 18 different specialties, and we have certified numerous professionals in traditional medical fields such as family medicine, dermatology, and internal medicine, as well as in emerging specialties such as disaster medicine and integrative medicine. In fact, we are the only multispecialty board that offers certification in urgent care medicine.

Our Diplomates can be found across all 50 states, as well as Canada and Puerto Rico, and many have become leaders at renowned institutions. It’s not hard to understand why. Board certification is one of the industry’s most coveted honors, and certification with the ABPS, in particular, is a rigorous process that ensures only the most talented physicians achieve the distinction. That’s why the U.S. Department of Labor has recognized the ABPS as a premier choice for board certification. Furthermore, hospitals and other employers – who are increasingly prioritizing hiring certified practitioners – are well aware of our sterling reputation, and we also have a strong record of work with credentialing authorities, hospital leaders, and legislators.

To become certified with one of our Member Boards, physicians must meet our strict eligibility requirements and pass psychometrically validated exams developed under the most rigorous industry standards. Once certified, physicians become part of a respected organization dedicated to patient care above all else. Our Diplomates:

  • Instill patients with confidence that they will receive the best medical care available
  • Exchange information about clinical experiences in order to advance their specialties and patient care as a whole
  • Enjoy more career opportunities, which can lead to higher earnings
  • Have a voice as a valued member of the healthcare community
  • Receive ongoing education to stay updated on advancements in their specialty

Of course, it’s important that the certification board you choose aligns with your core values, so we would be happy to provide you with all the information you need to make a confident decision, including details about our mission and eligibility requirements. Contact the ABPS today. The ABPS is the official board certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, 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.

ABPS gives its members unique opportunities to learn and develop professionally. I have been practicing Emergency Medicine for over 27 years and have been privileged to be a member of this fabulous organization. Through ABPS I have developed tremendously in my professional career becoming a consummate practitioner of my trade, a physician leader locally at my hospital, in my region , at the state level, and a published clinical researcher.
Leslie Mukau, MD, FAAEP, FACEP
Emergency Medicine
ABPS provides a guarantee of a high level of competency. Not only has this been good for my professional development but it has assured my patients that the clinicians they see are trained to the highest degree.


Mimi Guarneri, MD, FACC
Integrative Medicine
I value my ABPS certification very highly because it is one-of-a-kind certification in Urgent Care Medicine under the auspices of a larger, reputable organization. I really enjoy the professional and personal relationships I have formed with other individuals in the development of this new board and appreciate the great lengths that ABPS goes to ensure and enhance the recognition of it's component boards.
Joseph D. Toscano, MD
Urgent Care Medicine