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Update on American Board of Physician Specialties for Medical Staff Professionals

Board certification has long been a trusted metric that medical staff professionals use to identify physicians who have the knowledge and expertise to provide high-quality medical care. As one of the premier physician-certifying entities in North America, the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS) offers both allopathic and osteopathic physicians board certification and recertification in 20 different specialties. Founded in 1952, we certified our first physician in 1960, and today our Diplomates can now be found across all 50 states, as well as Canada and Puerto Rico.

To help medical staff professionals ensure that physician candidates for open positions have the appropriate credentials, here are a few salient facts about the ABPS:

  • The U.S. Department of Labor and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recognize the ABPS as a leading choice for physician certification and re-certification.
  • The ABPS partners with Aperture Credentialing, LLC, one of the country’s largest and most experienced certification verification organizations, to confirm the credentials of our Diplomates.
  • We take a pragmatic approach to certification, enabling qualified physicians who completed their residencies in a primary care field to earn board certification in emergency medicine without needing to complete an additional residency in EM.
  • The ABPS emphasizes psychometrically evaluated testing as well as advanced training, moral character, and experience.
  • The ABPS requires a recertification exam every 8 years.
  • We are the only multi-specialty certification board that requires our Diplomates to complete a non-remedial medical ethics program to achieve recertification.
  • Well-versed in emerging public health issues, we’ve developed innovative boards in disaster medicine, integrative medicine, and family medicine obstetrics, among others.
  • Our Diplomates receive ongoing education that fosters improved patient care and helps to advance their medical specialties.

If you would like more information about the ABPS and our mission to offer the highest standards in physician board certification that meets the healthcare needs of the public, contact the ABPS.