Why the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) is a Choice in Board Certification

Why the ABPS is a Choice in Board CertificationIf you’re interested in pursuing certification in a traditional field like family medicine or anesthesiology, we encourage you to apply to the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS). As a nationally recognized multi-specialty certifying body committed to meeting the challenges of emerging public health issues, we also offer many unique certification options, such as integrative medicine and disaster medicine. Additionally, physicians who have extensive experience working in emergency departments, but who completed their residencies in a primary care field, can earn emergency medicine certification with the ABPS without needing to complete an additional residency.

A ‘Big Tent’ Philosophy for the Advancement of Patient Care

At the ABPS, we think it’s only right that physicians have a variety of certification options. After all, they’ve invested considerable time and money in their medical training and should be able to choose the certification board that best aligns with their values and fosters their career development. This pragmatic approach to certification goes back to our founding in 1952. That’s when a group of osteopathic surgeons who had completed allopathic residencies and were denied AOA and ABMS certification created a certification board that didn’t discriminate on training and actually tested a physician’s knowledge of the specialty. The ABPS certified its first physician in 1960 and since then has certified and recertified both allopathic and osteopathic physicians in a variety of specialties. Today, the ABPS Diplomates can be found in all 50 states, as well as Canada, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia, and many Diplomates have become leaders at renowned institutions.

Why ABPS Certification Matters

Once certified by the ABPS, physicians become members of a distinguished community of like-minded professionals committed to offering compassionate medical care. Also, with more hospitals putting a preference on hiring board-certified physicians, ABPS certification makes physicians more marketable to employers. What’s more, the ABPS works tirelessly to build relationships with healthcare organizations, hospital groups, and legislators to ensure that our Diplomates have a strong voice in the community and that patient care always takes priority over the business of medicine.

If you would like to learn more about the ABPS, contact us today. We would be happy to provide you with detailed information that includes our various eligibility requirements.

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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
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