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.
The ABPS Works to Give You a Meaningful Voice in the Medical Community
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.
ABPS Board Certification Is Challenging, But the Rewards Are Plentiful
The ABPS application process is notably rigorous. Candidates for certification must meet several eligibility requirements and pass a comprehensive specialty exam. Once certified, physicians must complete several hours of continuing medical education annually. It’s no wonder that only the most dedicated and talented physicians achieve certification through the ABPS. That they are also widely viewed as leaders in their fields is also not surprising. As for other career benefits, consider that certification with an ABPS Member Board:
- Makes physicians more marketable to potential employers
- Enables physicians to gain opportunities for career advancement, which can lead to increased earning potential
- Fosters recognition and respect from medical colleagues
- Can give patients peace of mind that their physician is uniquely qualified to deliver top-notch medical care.
Eligibility Requirements of the ABPS
The eligibility requirements for certification with ABPS differ from specialty to specialty, but all ABPS Member Boards share certain general eligibility requirements such as:
- Completion of an accredited residency
- Attestation of an unrestricted medical license
- Completion of a non-remedial medical ethics course
- Completion of between 15 and 50 hours annually of continuing medical education for recertification
For more information about our eligibility requirements or the advantages of ABPS certification, contact us today.