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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Medical organizations throughout North America understand that our rigorous certification standards prove that ABPS Diplomates are capable of delivering the best patient care possible.

When I think historically, advancement in medicine and patient safety and care has been driven by the diversity of people and scientific thought. That’s what I found at the ABPS and more. For over 60 years that is just who we are. I found a physician certifying body that provides a choice and voice to all physicians ensuring that patients are always placed first.

Jerry Allison, MD
Emergency Medicine
When I decided to pursue a full time role as a physician executive it was important to me to obtain additional professional training, education and work experience. Board certification through the ABPS in Administrative Medicine is validation of my efforts and a demonstration of dedication to professional development. We need more physicians to become full time health care executives, knowing there is a board certification option in Administrative Medicine encourages physicians to take the leap from full time clinical practice to healthcare organizational leadership.

Richard Paula, MD
Administrative Medicine
The American Board of Physician Specialties has provided me with the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of internal medicine through board certification. As a hospitalist, board certification is an expected credential, and hospitals recognize the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) as one of the three standard credentialling bodies for Internal Medicine. Additionally, the ABPS has helped me develop leadership skills as a Board member and Committee Chairperson. ABPS has also helped me sharpen critical thinking skills as a test question developer and reviewer. The Allopathic (MD) and Osteopathic (DO) physicians in the ABPS are lifelong learners and frequently pursue multiple board certifications. I enjoy the camaraderie of my peers in ABPS.

Loren Jay Chassels, DO
Internal Medicine