Physician board certification 2015-07-16T10:12:51-05:00


A board-certified physician has completed an approved educational training program and an evaluation process including an examination designed to assess the knowledge, skills, and experience necessary to provide quality patient care in that specialty. A specialty certificate is issued by a medical certifying board. Although certification is not required for an individual physician to practice medicine, most hospitals and managed care organizations require that at least a certain percentage of their staff be “board certified.” Today approximately 85 percent of licensed physicians are certified by one or more ABMS Member Boards (American Board of Medical Specialties).