The Value of Physician Board Certification Through the ABPS

Value Physician Board CertificationThe value of physician board certification becomes evident to most medical students early on in the educational journey. Even the earliest undergraduate student with a desire to become an accomplished physician understands that certification is a voluntary process that is intended to demonstrate the mastery of the core body of knowledge and skills necessary for a specific specialty or specialties. In addition, board certification is useful for distinguishing one physician or a group of physicians from others.

What some medical students (and even established physicians) might not know is that they have a choice when it comes to physician board certification and recertification. In addition to the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and the American Osteopathic Association-Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists (AOA-BOS), board certification is available through the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS).

In fact, there are many reasons to consider the value of physician board certification through the ABPS. There are many physician certifying bodies in North America, but not all of them are governed by the kind of stringent and rigorous standards under which the ABPS operates. It might come as a surprise to some that the standards adhered to by the ABPS are equivalent to or exceed those of other prominent certifying bodies.

The historical credibility of the ABPS Member Boards is only one of many examples of the value of physician board certification through the ABPS. Other benefits include:

  • Unlimited board certification attestation for active ABPS Diplomates
  • Opportunities to participate in Member Board development and governance
  • Emeritus Certification for retired Diplomates
  • Use of the ABPS Certification mark
  • Opportunities for dual-boarded certification and recertification
  • Complimentary membership on one specialty academy of medicine
  • Career networking opportunities, along with opportunities to serve as a respected advocate for a chosen specialty

To learn more about the value of physician board certification, and to request information about Member Board eligibility requirements, contact the ABPS today. The ABPS is the official certifying body for the American Association of Physician Specialists (AAPS), Inc., providing board certification for 17 medical specialties and subspecialties.

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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.

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