What Is the American Board of Physician Specialties®?

The American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS) is one of the three most prominent, nationally recognized multi-specialty certifying entities in North America. With 12 Member Boards and Diplomates in 20 specialties, the ABPS has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor as a leading choice for physician board certification.

Since certifying our first physician way back in 1960, we have maintained a pragmatic and inclusive approach to certification, offering certification to both allopathic and osteopathic physicians. We’re well-versed in emerging public health issues and have developed innovative boards in disaster medicine, integrative medicine, and family medicine obstetrics, among others. We may be the smallest of the nation’s three primary certification boards, but our standards are no less rigorous.

ABPS boards emphasize psychometrically evaluated testing, in addition to advanced training, experience, and moral character. That’s why only the brightest and most dedicated talents go on to achieve ABPS certification. Once certified by the ABPS, a physician becomes a member of a community of like-minded professionals who are nationally recognized for their achievements. ABPS-certified physicians work at some of the nation’s most respected institutions and can be found across all 50 states, as well as Canada and Puerto Rico. As members of a distinguished community of physicians, ABPS Diplomates exchange information about clinical experiences and best practices and enjoy abundant leadership opportunities within the community.

At the ABPS, we believe that more competition in physician board certification can foster innovation and improvements in medicine. By providing physicians with another recognized choice for board certification besides the ABMS and the AOA, the ABPS promotes competition that can lead to a better health care system, one that benefits patients, physicians, and the medical community as a whole.

To learn more about the ABPS, including our eligibility requirements for specialty board certification, contact us today. We would be happy to provide you with detailed information.

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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.

BCEM certification through ABPS has provided me with many opportunities. It has helped me demonstrate that I have special experience and expertise in Emergency Medicine beyond that obtained through my family medicine training. BCEM certification firmly established me as an emergency medicine specialist once I started working in emergency medicine full time. ABPS has also helped me network with other family physicians with a passion for improving rural and underserved emergency medicine practice.

Alex Beuning, MD, FAAEP
Emergency Medicine
Board certification through the American Board of Physician Specialties has served to substantiate my interest and additional training in several fields of medicine including Internal Medicine, Disaster Medicine, and Administrative Medicine. As a result, I have been able to serve my community in clinical, disaster response, and administrative medicine roles. Through the ABPS, I have become recognized as a leader in my various fields of interest.

Spencer Price MD, MPH, MBA
Internal Medicine, Disaster Medicine, Administrative Medicine
Personal challenge and motivation compelled me to pass my ABPS board exam. Measurement and confirmation of my own knowledge base reinforced my self-confidence. The ABPS, with its history of inclusivity, has allowed me to have a voice in the organization, while permitting me to impact overall national patient safety and care through certification. Participation in exam development afforded me the opportunity to witness the rigorousness of the exam process and psychometrically sound product, while developing meaningful collegiality, professional life enrichment, and warding off burn out.

Elizabeth Maxwell-Schmidt MD, FAAEP, FACEP
Emergency Medicine