Why Certify With the American Board of Physician Specialties?

Because board certification is a voluntary process, its achievement represents an exceptional commitment to patient care on the part of the physician. At the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS), our certification standards are high and our exams are notably rigorous. This is the way it should be given that certification and recertification serve to validate a physician’s skills and knowledge.

The ABPS takes a pragmatic approach to certification, enabling physicians to gain personal and professional advancement while meeting today’s increasing demands for patient care. For example, physicians who have extensive experience working in emergency departments, but who completed their residencies in a primary care field, can earn board certification in emergency medicine through the ABPS without needing to complete an additional residency. We’re also well-versed in emerging public health issues, which is why we’ve developed innovative boards in disaster medicine, integrative medicine, and family medicine obstetrics, among others.

As a tireless advocate for our Diplomates, the ABPS works with legislators, healthcare organizations, hospital groups, and other decision-makers in the healthcare industry. It’s no surprise that our Diplomates have a strong voice within the community, sharing best practices, success stories, and learning moments to improve patient care. When healthcare organizations recognize ABPS certification, they vastly improve their chances of hiring imminently qualified physician specialists from a range of medical fields.

You Have a Choice

Physicians and residents alike need to know they have a choice when it comes to board certification and recertification. Just as with other industries, having a choice for certification fosters competition, which is one of the core principles of the American economy. Competition among certification boards can lead to better healthcare, more innovation, and lower prices.

There is no shortage of prestige or relevance when you earn certification with the ABPS. We are a nationally recognized multi-specialty certifying body with Diplomates practicing their specialties in prestigious institutions across the United States, as well as Canada and Puerto Rico. As part of our non-discriminatory approach to certification, both allopathic- and osteopathic-trained physicians are eligible for ABPS certification. Physicians certified with the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) are eligible to recertify with us.

For more information about our eligibility requirements or the advantages of ABPS certification, contact us today.

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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.

ABPS gives its members unique opportunities to learn and develop professionally. I have been practicing Emergency Medicine for over 27 years and have been privileged to be a member of this fabulous organization. Through ABPS I have developed tremendously in my professional career becoming a consummate practitioner of my trade, a physician leader locally at my hospital, in my region , at the state level, and a published clinical researcher.
Leslie Mukau, MD, FAAEP, FACEP
Emergency Medicine
ABPS provides a guarantee of a high level of competency. Not only has this been good for my professional development but it has assured my patients that the clinicians they see are trained to the highest degree.


Mimi Guarneri, MD, FACC
Integrative Medicine
I value my ABPS certification very highly because it is one-of-a-kind certification in Urgent Care Medicine under the auspices of a larger, reputable organization. I really enjoy the professional and personal relationships I have formed with other individuals in the development of this new board and appreciate the great lengths that ABPS goes to ensure and enhance the recognition of it's component boards.
Joseph D. Toscano, MD
Urgent Care Medicine