Medical specialty certification in the United States is a voluntary process which serves multiple purposes for the trainee and the public.
- distinguishes a physician as someone with a distinct level of expertise;
- provides more opportunities when applying for employment;
- presents resources and tools by the ABMS;
- represents a commitment to life-long improvement for providing the best patient care; and
- elevates physicians into the ranks of doctors committed to the highest standards of healthcare.
For more specific information about taking the board exam, which is offered every two years, visit the AAHPM website.