Why Recertify?

Why Recertify?The American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS) requires its Diplomates to recertify in their chosen specialties every eight years. The fact that physician board recertification standards are as stringent as certification eligibility requirements should not dissuade physicians from applying as the importance of recertification is undeniable.

Already, physicians who are certified distinguish themselves from other noncertified professionals in their field. Through rigorous testing, they have demonstrated mastery of their specialties, that they have the knowledge and expertise to provide the best medical care possible, and that they are qualified leaders in their specialties. Recertification, then, not only maintains these distinctions, but builds on the physician’s skills through continuing medical education (CME), work experience, and testing.

Recertification also further enhances a doctor’s professional standing and credentials. Physicians who have expanded their base of skills and knowledge through the recertification process convey to organizations that they remain wholly committed to their career development as well as the advancement of the medical profession. Recertification also benefits medical organizations by serving as a positive indicator of qualifications to patients, whose decisions about which medical facility to go to often depend on the credentials of the facility’s doctors.

To become recertified through the ABPS, board certified physicians must participate in a regular schedule of maintenance and enhancement of competency in their specialty. They must also:

  • Complete a non-remedial medical ethics course
  • Complete at least 16 CME hours during the preceding eight years through programs sponsored by the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.®
  • Must certify annually that their medical licenses are full and unrestricted in every state in which they practice
  • Pass a 100-question, securely administered written exam in the final year of the eight-year certification cycle

Current Diplomates of ABMS and AOA member boards are also eligible to recertify with ABPS, and we encourage them to consider the ABPS as an option. As a nationally recognized multi-specialty certifying body that has been granting certifications since 1960, the ABPS has Diplomates in all 50 states, as well as in Canada and Puerto Rico. Being recertified with our organization means you will be part of a national network of talented and dedicated physicians who share best practices, advocate for their specialties, and emphasize patient care over the business and politics of medicine.

To learn more about the importance of recertifying, or for more information about recertification with the ABPS, contact us today. We will gladly provide you with complete details about our application process and eligibility requirements.

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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