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 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.

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.

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

Personal challenge and motivation compelled me to pass my ABPS board exam. Measurement and confirmation of my own knowledge base reinforced my self-confidence. The ABPS, with its history of inclusivity, has allowed me to have a voice in the organization, while permitting me to impact overall national patient safety and care through certification. Participation in exam development afforded me the opportunity to witness the rigorousness of the exam process and psychometrically sound product, while developing meaningful collegiality, professional life enrichment, and warding off burn out.

Elizabeth Maxwell-Schmidt MD, FAAEP, FACEP
Emergency Medicine
Board certification through the American Board of Physician Specialties has served to substantiate my interest and additional training in several fields of medicine including Internal Medicine, Disaster Medicine, and Administrative Medicine. As a result, I have been able to serve my community in clinical, disaster response, and administrative medicine roles. Through the ABPS, I have become recognized as a leader in my various fields of interest.

Spencer Price MD, MPH, MBA
Internal Medicine, Disaster Medicine, Administrative Medicine
BCEM certification through ABPS has provided me with many opportunities. It has helped me demonstrate that I have special experience and expertise in Emergency Medicine beyond that obtained through my family medicine training. BCEM certification firmly established me as an emergency medicine specialist once I started working in emergency medicine full time. ABPS has also helped me network with other family physicians with a passion for improving rural and underserved emergency medicine practice.

Alex Beuning, MD, FAAEP
Emergency Medicine