Why Physician Board Certification?

Why Physician Board Certification?Becoming a physician is no easy feat. It’s a lengthy process that demands steadfast discipline and dedication, with years of medical school study followed by rigorous postgraduate training. Then, before doctors can become practicing physicians, they must earn a medical license, which requires candidates to pass a standardized exam. After a state grants a physician a medical license, that physician can practice medicine for one or two years, depending on the state, before needing to update the license.

Whereas licensure is required for medical practice, physician board certification is not. Certification is an extra step that physicians take to demonstrate that they have skills, knowledge, and experience to practice their specialty. To achieve board certification, physicians must do further work. They must complete a thorough application process, in which they must show proof of having extensive experience in their specialty, and, once again, they must pass a tough standardized exam.

Certification can be a daunting prospect, so why do physicians attempt it? In other words, why has it become such a highly coveted distinction?

At the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS), we say it’s because effective health care matters. We are a nationally recognized multi-specialty certifying body that has been active since 1960, and as the medical marketplace grows more competitive, we have seen board certification gain increasing importance. For physicians, certification serves as a validation of world-class expertise that makes them leaders in their medical fields. For hospitals and other employers, certification helps to verify a physician’s credentials and identify physicians as ideal candidates for new career opportunities. Board certification also:

  • Assures patients that a certified physician has the skills to deliver outstanding medical care
  • Fosters recognition and respect from medical colleagues
  • Promotes ongoing education that helps to advance medical specialties
  • Provides opportunities for physicians to advocate for better patient care

If you are a licensed physician who is seeking board certification, or if you are certified but have missed the application deadline for another organization, consider applying for certification with the ABPS. Recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor as a choice for physician board certification, we offer qualified allopathic and osteopathic physicians a path toward board certification in a range of specialties, such as family medicine, urgent care, and integrative medicine, to name a few.

For information about our mission and our eligibility requirements, contact us today. The ABPS is the official multi-specialty board certification 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