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.

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