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Why Does It Matter if Physicians Are Board Certified?

Why Does It Matter if Physicians Are Board Certified? After graduating from medical school and completing residency training in their specialty, physicians become eligible to apply for a license to practice medicine. Issued by the state, a license serves as proof that a doctor has the training and competency to provide medical care. But in the American healthcare system, these are minimum standards. As intense as medical school and medical practice can be, board certification implies that physicians have gone above and beyond these demands to be considered qualified leaders in their specialties.

Board certification requirements are notably stringent. Beyond requiring a medical license and the completion of residency training, most recognized certifying bodies require that candidates pass rigorous exams and complete several hours of continuing medical education annually. Because only the most skilled and knowledgeable practitioners go on to achieve board certification, board certified physicians are widely viewed as leaders in their fields. This distinction is a boon for career advancement, but more importantly, it benefits patients.

Patients view certification as a mark of a physician’s credentials, and the confidence that certification inspires in patients also helps to bolster the reputation of medical organizations. With certified physicians on staff, a hospital effectively declares to the public that some of the best medical care available can be found there. And, because certified physicians must continue ongoing education in order to maintain certification, they display a commitment to medical care that serves as a model for the American healthcare industry.

As one of three nationally recognized multi-specialty board certifying bodies in the United States, the American Board of Physicians Specialties® (ABPS) serves the healthcare community by offering qualified allopathic and osteopathic physicians a path toward board certification. We maintain a non-discriminatory approach and offer certification in various specialties, including emergency medicine certification for primary care trained doctors.

If you would like to learn more about the importance of physician board certification to practitioners, hospitals, and patients, contact the ABPS today. The ABPS is the official certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.®