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.

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