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.

ABPS board certification validates a physician's competence in their medical specialty. This is important to a patient seeking medical care. Physician recertification through ABPS assures that we maintain knowledge and expertise throughout our career. The ABPS is a collegial and committed organization of physicians and administrative staff. The organization has given me the opportunity to become involved in all facets of the board certification process and physician governance.

Lawrence Stein, MD, FAASOS
Orthopedic Surgery
ABPS is a leading advocate for its Diplomates, their patients, and the public at large by promoting high-quality evidence-based patient care. ABPS certifies physicians through industry-leading rigorous examinations in various boards and offers continuous recertification making sure that these physicians are qualified to practice safe state of the art medicine.

Leslie Mukau, MD, FAAEP, FACEP
Emergency Medicine
In this time of uncertainty, Disaster Medicine Certification has helped tremendously to demonstrate to hospital leadership my commitment to disaster preparedness and knowledge of planning, response, and mitigation. ABODM certification focuses on the knowledge and skills a physician needs to become a recognized leader in the four stages of disaster preparation and management: planning, coordination, execution, and debriefing.

Lewis W, Marshall, MD, JD, FAAEP, FAADM
Disaster Medicine | Emergency Medicine