Search Site

About Board Certification

After graduating from medical school, doctors who want to treat patients must complete an internship, residency and some additional medical education, and then pass a general exam to be licensed by the state where they intend to practice. Many doctors, however, choose to become Board Certified in one or more specialty — like dermatology, pediatrics or surgery. This requires further, extensive specialty-specific training and passing an exam for each medical specialty.

The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) is the recognized leader in developing and setting the gold standard for physician specialty certification in the U.S. The 24 ABMS Member Boards that offer Board Certification in 40 specialties and 85 subspecialties adhere to rigorous training and assessment standards.

Board Certification is a significant achievement that not all doctors attain. Board Certified doctors:

  • Skilled and knowledgeable
  • Experts in their specialty
  • Meeting a higher standard

About Board Certified Doctors

About Board Certified Doctors
Expert Health Care in Medical Specialties

When you or a family member needs health care or medical treatment, you want a highly qualified doctor dedicated to providing outstanding care. When you choose a doctor who is Board Certified by one of the ABMS Member Boards, you can be confident he or she is skilled and knowledgeable, an expert in the specialty, and meets a higher standard developed and overseen by volunteer doctors. Board Certification is an extra step that many doctors choose to take.

The Highest Standard

Board Certification is an extra step that many doctors choose to take to demonstrate that they know the latest advancements in their specialty. Board Certified doctors demonstrate their desire to practice at the top of their profession and deliver high-quality care to their patients.

Doctors with an ongoing commitment to Board Certification:

  • Participate in assessment and training beyond what is required of their peers
  • Work to continually improve the care they deliver

About ABMS

asian female doctor shutterstock 722243692
Higher Standards Mean Better Care

For more than 85 years, the not-for-profit American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) has been committed to providing patients with the highest quality health care by assisting our 24 Member Boards in developing and implementing uncompromising professional standards for doctors. You can trust Board Certified doctors to take excellent care of you and your family. That’s because doctors who are Board Certified by an ABMS Member Board and participate in the ABMS Program for Maintenance of Certification® program are voluntarily part of a rigorous process that continually assesses and enhances their medical knowledge, judgment, professionalism, clinical techniques and communication skills.

A Trusted Resource

ABMS collaborates with our Member Boards to create lifelong learning standards that help to ensure doctors keep abreast of the latest practices and treatments. We also verify Board Certification of doctors to patients, the government, schools and business, providing a respected foundation for a national movement that supports physician accountability and the highest standards of quality care for every patient.

ABMS Member Boards

The 24 Member Boards of ABMS certify more than 880,000 physicians. Our Member Boards evaluate candidates and certify those who meet the established educational requirements and peer evaluation standards.

CM abms logo