Board Certification for Rural Physicians Through the ABPS

Rural Physician Board CertificationThe American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS), the official certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc., is committed to expanding opportunities for rural physicians to obtain board certification. To our organization, this means helping physicians who practice in rural areas demonstrate their mastery of the knowledge and experience required for their chosen specialties. This, in turn, helps ensure that patients reap the benefits of enhanced public health standards in an effort to furthering patient care.

Many doctors who live and work in rural areas practice as family physicians, a segment of the outpatient physician workforce that, by necessity, generally is adept at a broad range of skills. Unfortunately, studies show that rural areas are grossly underserved medically. One reason for that is many physicians find that their career paths are more lucrative if they work in urban areas, or stay in the cities where their residencies took place. But where does that leave patients who live in rural areas, each and every one of whom deserves to be treated by an experienced, board certified physician?

One way to address this issue is a heightened emphasis on rural physician board certification. To that end, the ABPS created the Rural Physician Workforce Initiative, which enables qualified rural physicians to become board certified in their chosen specialties at a professional courtesy rate of 50 percent off for a limited time. To determine whether you are eligible for the professional courtesy rate, complete and submit the form found here. Qualifying physicians must submit a completed ABPS board certification application in the specialty they practice by September 30, 2013. Although all of the ABPS Member Boards are included in the Rural Physician Workforce Initiative, we’ve found that many rural physicians are particularly interested in Emergency Medicine,  Family Medicine Obstetrics, Hospital Medicine, Disaster Medicine, and Urgent Care. Contact the ABPS to learn more.

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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 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
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