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.

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