Recertify with the American Board of Physician Specialties

Recertify with the American Board of Physician Specialties®

The American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS) invites Diplomates of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to recertify with the ABPS. Recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor as an ideal choice for physician board certification, we are one of the largest certifying bodies in North America. Our Diplomates practice a range of specialties at respected institutions across the United States, as well as Canada and Puerto Rico, and many ABPS Diplomates have confidently assumed leadership positions.

Why Physicians Seek Recertification With the ABPS

To become board certified with the ABPS, physicians must pass rigorous exams to prove they have the skills and knowledge to provide the best care possible. In effect, physicians with ABPS certification distinguish themselves from other noncertified professionals. Recertification serves to further bolster physicians’ professional reputations and credentials by providing an opportunity for them to enhance their skill set and knowledge. By undertaking the recertification process, doctors demonstrate their unwavering dedication to career growth and the advancement of the medical field. What’s more, recertification benefits medical organizations by serving as a positive indicator of qualifications to patients, whose decisions about which medical facility to go to often depend on the credentials of the facility’s doctors.

Join the National Network of ABPS Physicians

Recertification with the ABPS means you will be a part of a national network of talented and dedicated physicians who share best practices to improve patient care and advocate for their specialties. As an ABPS Diplomate, you will be a respected member of the medical community. For instance, one of our chief priorities is to provide our Diplomates with a voice. We have a long history of working closely with healthcare organizations, legislators, hospital groups, and other stakeholders to ensure that the efforts and ideas of our board-certified physicians are recognized. 

ABPS Offers Recertification in Several Medical Specialties

At the ABPS, we are constantly developing relationships with physician CEOs and credentialing organizations so that we can provide our Diplomates with as many opportunities as possible. We believe that after researching your certification options, you will find that we can best meet your needs, as we offer recertification in many well-established specialties like family medicine, internal medicine, and emergency medicine.

As these physicians discovered, you may find that that the ABPS is more aligned with your values and offers you opportunities not available elsewhere. For example, we offer unlimited board certification verification, attestation, and public confirmation and publish job openings for our Diplomates through the American Association of Physician Specialists Physician Career Bulletin.

Requirements for ABPS Recertification

To become recertified through ABPS, candidates must provide documentation of their ABMS or AOA certification, which must be current or no more than two years past the expiration date. Also, candidates may begin the recertification application process as early as two years before their current certification expires. To recertify with the ABPS candidates must also:

  • Complete a non-remedial medical ethics course
  • Must certify annually that their medical licenses are full and unrestricted in every state in which they practice
  • Pass a 100-question, securely administered written exam in the final year of the eight-year certification cycle

For more information about eligibility requirements for recertification through the ABPS, or to learn more about the benefits to certification from one of our member boards, 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