Why Is Choice in Physician Board Certification Important?

Having a choice in the physician you see to treat your illness or a choice at which hospital a family member receives medical care strikes many Americans as a fundamental right. We all want good options when it comes to our medical care. For physicians, that principle applies to board certification. Yet when some physicians seek certification, they unwittingly limit their options by giving serious consideration to only the most recognizable organizations. Name recognition has given rise to an unfortunate state of affairs in which physicians have denied themselves a widely respected and nationally recognized choice—the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS).

The ABPS Offers Unique Physician Certification Options

The ABPS is one of three nationally recognized multi-specialty certifying organizations in North America, and just like the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), the ABPS offers unique advantages. Many integrative medicine physicians would agree. That’s because the ABPS is the only multi-specialty certifying board in the United States to offer integrative medicine board certification. We are also the only multi-specialty board that offers certification in other emerging specialties, such as family medicine obstetrics and disaster medicine.

Career emergency medicine physicians also have much to like about the ABPS. In the past, those who trained in a primary care field but wanted industry recognition for their emergency room expertise were ineligible for certification in emergency medicine. But, through the ABPS’ emergency medicine fellowship program, those professionals have a pathway to certification in the specialty.

Altogether, the ABPS has 12 Member Boards and Diplomates in 20 specialties, and these top-notch physicians practice at some of the nation’s most renowned medical institutions.

Advantages of ABPS Certification

The application process for ABPS certification is understandably rigorous. Candidates for certification must meet several eligibility requirements and pass a comprehensive specialty exam. Once certified, physicians must complete several hours of continuing medical education annually. It’s no surprise that ABPS-certified physicians are also widely viewed as leaders in their fields. As for other career benefits, consider that certification with an ABPS Member Board:

  • Makes physicians more marketable to potential employers
  • Enables physicians to gain opportunities for career advancement, which can lead to increased earning potential
  • Fosters recognition and respect from medical colleagues
  • Gives doctors a meaningful voice as valued members of the healthcare community

A Big Tent Approach to Board Certification

At the ABPS, our non-discriminatory and pragmatic approach has endured since the ABPS’ founding in 1952, and today the ABPS remains committed to helping physicians gain personal and professional advancement while meeting increasing demands for patient care. The ABPS believes that qualified physicians merit recognition for their knowledge and experience and should have an informed choice about which board certification best reflects their values and career goals.

If you would like to learn more about the ABPS, contact us today. We would be happy to give you more details, including eligibility requirements for physician certification with one of our Member Boards.

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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