What is a certifying board?
A certifying board requires doctors to keep up on requirements including education, training, and passing an exam, in their area of medical expertise throughout their careers. The 24 certifying boards (ABMS Member Boards) of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) offer certificates to doctors in more than 120 areas of medicine.
ABMS Member Boards are private, not-for-profit organizations. Their purpose is to improve the quality of health care for patients.
Working with the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), these Member Boards decide what knowledge and skills a doctor must have in their area of expertise (called a medical specialty). The education, training, and exams required by the Member Boards mean that the doctors meet high standards to provide quality care for their patients.
Learn more about the value of ABMS board certification.