Why Specialty Board Certification Makes Sense for Family Medicine Practitioners

Family medicineAs physicians who practice family medicine are well aware, there is much more to the job than conducting annual physicals and diagnosing colds. Depending on the demands of the practice or the needs of the community, a family medicine practitioner might find her- or himself working extensively in a different field of medicine. For example, many rural physicians whose practices emphasize family medicine might spend nearly as much time working at a hospital emergency department or caring for expectant mothers as they do on office appointments.

After a certain amount of time, family medicine practitioners might actually accrue enough relevant experience that they could find themselves eligible to sit for a physician board certification examination in a field other than family medicine. The American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS®) presents qualified physicians the opportunity to achieve board certification in medical specialties based in part on case experience and proven knowledge. The certification specialties that are often ideal for family medicine practitioners to pursue include:

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Disaster Medicine
  • Integrative Medicine
  • Urgent Care Medicine
  • Family Medicine Obstetrics
  • Family Medicine

The eligibility requirements for ABPS board certification are as stringent as any multi-specialty certification body in North America. The clinically based examinations provide qualified physicians the opportunity to demonstrate that they possess the skill set, knowledge and experience required to provide the finest medical care possible in a given specialty. ABPS Diplomates are recognized as leaders in their respective specialties, and help shape the national conversation about the changing face of North American medical care in the 21st century.

To learn more about the benefits of earning physician board certification in a specialty in line with your knowledge and experience level, contact the ABPS. The ABPS is the official multi-specialty board certification body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.®

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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.

I feel truly blessed and grateful to be an internal medicine board-certified diplomate with the American Board of Physician Specialties. Their ongoing, steadfast commitment to physician board(s) enhancement, forward focused vision, and tenacity is second to none. ABPS has become a recognized choice in Physician Board Certification.

Adam Rench, MD
Internal Medicine
To be the best, you must measure yourself against the best. Achieving Board Certification in Emergency Medicine by the ABPS gave me the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of the art of EM in an objective way. The high bar that ABPS sets for candidates to be allowed to take both the written and oral exam is a testament to ABPS's rigorous vetting of one's ability to practice Emergency Medicine at a high level. By maintaining these credentials, I've been able to instill confidence in my abilities at the department/employer level and ultimately with the patients that choose to seek emergency care at the facilities at which I practice.

Royce Mathew Joseph, MD
Emergency Medicine
The American Board of Physician Specialties has supported the entire field of Integrative Medicine in sponsoring our board. It has been so validating of the importance of prevention-oriented and holistic approaches to care while emphasizing the scientific basis of this specialty to have it recognized by ABPS. I am proud to have been one of the first groups to be board certified by ABPS in Integrative Medicine, leading the way for others committed to training in this specialty.

Myles Spar, MD
Integrative Medicine