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