Why Physician Board Certification?

Whether you’re a new medical student or a practicing physician, at some point in your career, you will likely consider becoming board certified in your area of expertise. It’s a smart decision. Increasingly, hospitals and other health care organizations are placing a priority on hiring or granting privileges to board-certified physicians. On that basis alone, one can understand the growing prominence of certification in the medical industry.

But at the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS), we believe that board certification offers physicians benefits that are less obvious than career advancement but no less important, including:

  • The respect of their peers and the fellowship of practitioners who share best practices
  • Extra incentive to remain as updated as possible about new techniques and treatment methods in their chosen specialty so as to achieve recertification
  • An opportunity to be viewed as leaders in their chosen specialty, and to shape the course of the medical profession for years to come

Earning certification is no easy process, of course. It’s long, arduous, and requires countless hours of study. The ABPS believes that in order to accurately measure a physician’s mastery and knowledge, the exam should be as rigorous as possible. To that end, the ABPS emphasizes psychometrically evaluated testing, in addition to advanced training, experience, and moral character. That’s why only the brightest and most dedicated talents go on to become certified by the ABPS. Once certified by the ABPS, however, a physician becomes a member of a community of like-minded professionals who are nationally recognized for their achievements. Perhaps, most importantly, ABPS certification sends the right message to patients, whose decisions about where to go for medical treatment often depend on a physician’s credentials, whether at a hospital, clinic, or private practice.

For more reasons why physician board certification benefits physicians, patients, and the medical community as a whole, contact the ABPS today. We offer board certification and re-certification in various specialties.

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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 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
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