What Physician Recruiters Should Know About ABPS

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If you are a physician recruiter who is seeking to identify the most qualified candidates to join your organization, consider the specialists certified by the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS). As one of the three major nationally recognized multi-specialty certifying entities in the United States, we offer board certification for qualified allopathic  and osteopathic physicians. Since certifying our first physician in 1960, we have certified and recertified physicians in a wide range of specialties, and today, ABPS Diplomates can be found in all 50 states, as well as Canada, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. In fact, many ABPS Diplomates are leaders at respected institutions across the country, thanks to hospital leaders and hiring boards committed to  hiring only the most qualified medical professionals.

Why ABPS Board Certification Is a Trusted & Unique Credential

As with other prominent certification boards, the eligibility requirements of the ABPS are stringent, and our candidates must pass a comprehensive specialty exam to achieve certification. In fact, ABPS certification exams, procedures, and protocols are clinically, psychometrically, and legally defensible, and have been found to be equivalent to those set by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and American Osteopathic Association (AOA).

Part of what makes the ABPS unique is our pragmatic approach to physician board certification. That means we do not discriminate based on training and we actually test physicians on their knowledge of their specialty, whether it’s in a traditional field like family medicine or it’s an emerging specialty like integrative medicine.

And that’s another part of why we are unique: The ABPS is the only multi-specialty board to offer integrative medicine certification. In addition to the American Board of Integrative Medicine (ABOIM), other unique ABPS boards include:

  • The Board of Certification in Family Medicine Obstetrics (BCFMO)
  • The American Board of Administrative Medicine (ABAM)
  • The Board of Certification in Emergency Medicine (BCEM)

If you would like to learn more about the ABPS, feel free to contact us. We would be happy to provide you with information about our Member Boards, our eligibility requirements, and our rigorous certification process.

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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