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.

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
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