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.®

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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