Physicians Have a Choice in Board Certification

Group of young doctorsAs a patient, you have a choice when it comes to physicians treating your illness, and that’s a great benefit. After all, if you’re not comfortable with your doctor for whatever reason, you may have persistent doubts about the quality of care you’re receiving. At the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS), we believe that dedicated physicians—the professionals who deliver the care on which patients rely—should enjoy a similar benefit of choice when it comes to board certification. Unfortunately, even today, many physicians seeking certification are unaware that they have multiple nationally recognized boards to choose from.

Why the ABPS Is a Top Certification Choice

Among the most prominent multispecialty boards are the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS), the ABMS, and the AOA, and of those three, the ABPS is the only one that offers certification in the emerging specialties of integrative medicine and disaster medicine. What’s more, as a board committed to offering the highest certification standards in an evolving industry, the ABPS is recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor as a leading choice for physician board certification.

Founded in 1952, we have maintained a pragmatic approach to certification, offering both allopathic and osteopathic physicians certification and recertification in 20 different specialties, including family medicine, dermatology, and emergency medicine. Our Diplomates practice at renowned institutions throughout the country as well as in Canada and Puerto Rico. In brief, certification with any ABPS Member Board:

  • Is a reliable indicator of a medical specialist’s ability to care for patients in a compassionate and professional manner
  • Makes physicians more marketable to hospitals and other employers, which are increasingly showing a preference for board-certified physicians
  • Increases a physician’s opportunities for positions of more responsibility and higher earnings
  • Reveals a professional commitment to abide by the ABPS medical code of ethics

If you would like more information about the ABPS, including details about our Member Boards and eligibility requirements, contact us today.

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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.

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