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.

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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