Connecting the Dots: Why Physicians Certify in the Specialties They Practice

Why Physicians CertifyTechnically speaking, becoming board certified is a voluntary process that physicians can consider pursuing. However, in today’s increasingly competitive global healthcare environment, there are more reasons to consider board certification than ever before. Not only does board certification represent a significant professional accomplishment, it can have a profound long-term impact on professional development. For these reasons and others, the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS) strongly recommends that motivated, experienced, and highly trained physicians explore the prospects of validating their expertise through board certification from one of our numerous member boards.

Traditionally, board certification has long been seen as a trusted indicator of a physician’s expertise in the area of medicine that he or she practices. Many prospective patients use the board certification distinction as a deciding factor when selecting which physician to trust with their care, and for this reason alone, becoming board certified is worthwhile. There is also a sense of professional accomplishment that comes from having your experience and expertise validated by an independent third party that has affirmed you’re among the most imminently qualified physicians in your specialty.

Furthermore, credentialing organizations, hospital groups, and insurance companies are increasingly requiring board certification as a prerequisite for career advancement and new employment opportunities. There is also a greater need than ever before for physician leaders in healthcare organizations of all sizes, and board certification remains a distinguishing factor that can separate otherwise equally qualified candidates for new positions.

Another advantage of board certification through the ABPS is that our Diplomates are part of a community of like-minded physicians who work together to share best practices and help evolve their specialty. New career opportunities are shared through the organization, networking opportunities abound, and our Diplomates know that their voices are heard. The ABPS works closely with credentialers, legislators, and other stakeholders to ensure that our Diplomates have every opportunity to excel.

There are countless benefits to becoming board certified. If you are a physician who is currently exploring becoming board certified and would like to learn more about the ABPS and our various member boards, contact us today. The ABPS is the official certifying 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.

ABPS is a leading advocate for its Diplomates, their patients, and the public at large by promoting high-quality evidence-based patient care. ABPS certifies physicians through industry-leading rigorous examinations in various boards and offers continuous recertification making sure that these physicians are qualified to practice safe state of the art medicine.

Leslie Mukau, MD, FAAEP, FACEP
Emergency Medicine
In this time of uncertainty, Disaster Medicine Certification has helped tremendously to demonstrate to hospital leadership my commitment to disaster preparedness and knowledge of planning, response, and mitigation. ABODM certification focuses on the knowledge and skills a physician needs to become a recognized leader in the four stages of disaster preparation and management: planning, coordination, execution, and debriefing.

Lewis W, Marshall, MD, JD, FAAEP, FAADM
Disaster Medicine | Emergency Medicine
ABPS board certification validates a physician's competence in their medical specialty. This is important to a patient seeking medical care. Physician recertification through ABPS assures that we maintain knowledge and expertise throughout our career. The ABPS is a collegial and committed organization of physicians and administrative staff. The organization has given me the opportunity to become involved in all facets of the board certification process and physician governance.

Lawrence Stein, MD, FAASOS
Orthopedic Surgery