Recruiters Need to Know—the ABPS Offers a Choice in Physician Board Certification

Recruiters Need to Know—the ABPS Offers a Choice in Physician Board CertificationTo become a practicing physician, a trained doctor must earn a medical license by passing a tough, standardized exam. In every state, licensure is required for medical practice, but physician board certification is not. An arduous process with stringent eligibility requirements, certification is an extra step that physicians take voluntarily, and to become certified, they must once again sit for challenging exams—which begs the question:

Why Certification?

As we say at the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS), it’s because effective health care matters. Certification serves as a validation of a physician’s dedication, knowledge, and expertise, and only the truly talented physicians earn board certification. Practice management groups, hospitals, and physicians may have different interpretations of what this coveted distinction means, but one thing is certain: Board certification assures patients that a certified physician has the skills to deliver safe and effective medical care.

Physicians Have a Choice

Founded in 1952, the ABPS was created to provide certification options. We take a pragmatic approach to certification, offering both allopathic and osteopathic physicians certification and recertification in 20 different specialties, from traditional medical fields such as family medicine and dermatology to emerging specialties such as disaster medicine and integrative medicine. Our Diplomates practice at renowned institutions throughout the country as well as in Canada and Puerto Rico. In short, we are nationally recognized as a premier choice for physician board certification.

Why the ABPS?

Our standards are high and our exams notably rigorous. But once certified with the ABPS, physicians are ideally positioned for personal and professional advancement. Because hospitals and other employers are increasingly hiring only board-certified practitioners, ABPS Diplomates are ideal candidates for new career opportunities. Furthermore, ABPS physicians have a voice as valued members of the medical community, sharing best practices to improve patient care and receiving ongoing education to stay updated on advancements in their specialty.

For more information about the ABPS and our mission to enhance patient care through physician excellence, 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