Who is Eligible for ABPS Physician Board Certification?

Who Is EligibleWhile the specific eligibility requirements to apply for the opportunity to achieve physician board certification through the American Board of Physicians Specialties (ABPS) differ from specialty to specialty, there are a number of general eligibility requirements that are shared by our Member Boards. The examination standards of the ABPS are as rigorous as any physician certifying body in North America, and the eligibility requirements are just as stringent.

Also, recertification is not merely limited to Diplomates of the ABPS. Physicians whose board certifications were achieved through the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) or the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) Board or the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) Board might also be eligible for recertification through the ABPS, as long as they remain in good standing with their certifying organizations, have an active certificate and meet ABPS requirements for recertification. This service is unique to the ABPS, which believes that qualified physicians should have the opportunity to achieve recertification with the organization of their choice.

In order to meet the general eligibility requirements for board certification and recertification through the ABPS, physicians must:

  • Demonstrate three to five years of advanced training , depending on the specialty and completion of an ACGME or AOA approved residency, depending on the specialty
  • Demonstrate attestation of a full, unrestricted medical license in every state where he or she practices
  • Complete a non-remedial medical ethics course
  • Maintain certification and achieve recertification within eight years
  • Complete at least 50 hours a year of continuing medical education

These are some of the general eligibility requirements for physician board certification through the ABPS, so it is important to understand the eligibility requirements for each of the Member Boards. All ABPS physicians who seek recertification must complete the ethics course, which is in keeping with the ABPS values that espouse the importance of ensuring patient safety while providing the highest possible level of care with demonstrated compassion.

To learn about the specific eligibility requirements for the specialty or sub-specialty of your choice, contact the ABPS today. The ABPS is the official certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.



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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