Certification is awarded to those who demonstrate mastery of core skills and knowledge related to their specialty. It includes a program for continuing professional development involving assessment, learning, and improvement activities over the course of the physician’s career.
Recognizing the value of this framework to encourage practice improvement and enhance care:
- Many hospitals have independently made the decision to use board certification by an ABMS Member Board as part of the criteria for staff privileges;
- Specialty societies, as well as state and national professional organizations, have developed discipline-specific learning modules, patient safety programs, quality improvement activities, and other educational and practice-based initiatives to support certification and maximize its benefit for physicians; and
- Various quality organizations and health care purchasers view board certification as a means to help improve the level of care provided.
All these organizations look to the ABMS specialty certification process to help them identify excellence and commitment to professionalism, continuous practice assessment, and performance improvement.
See the full ABMS 2016-17 Board Certification Report here.