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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Patient Care Is Our Priority

Medical organizations throughout North America understand that our rigorous certification standards prove that ABPS Diplomates are capable of delivering the best patient care possible.

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