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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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