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Board Certification

Board certification status is the culmination of a physician's training and says to the public and to your colleagues that you have achieved the "gold standard" of accomplishment as you begin practice in your chosen specialty. Being "Board Certified" in today's world of the practice of medicine is also looked at by credentialing organizations, hospitals, medical groups, insurers and the public as a surrogate for measuring competence in your field.

The ABPM certifies in three specialties:

Aerospace Medicine

Aerospace medicine focuses on the clinical care, research, and operational support of the health, safety, and performance of crewmembers and passengers of air and space vehicles, together with the support personnel who assist operation of such vehicles. This population often works and lives in remote, isolated, extreme, or enclosed environments under conditions of physical and psychological stress. Practitioners strive for an optimal human-machine match in occupational settings rich with environmental hazards and engineering countermeasures.

Occupational Medicine

Occupational medicine focuses on the health of workers, including the ability to perform work; the physical, chemical, biological, and social environments of the workplace; and the health outcomes of environmental exposures. Practitioners in this field address the promotion of health in the work place, and the prevention and management of occupational and environmental injury, illness, and disability.

Public Health and General Preventive Medicine

Public health and general preventive medicine focuses on promoting health, preventing disease, and managing the health of communities and defined populations. These practitioners combine population-based public health skills with knowledge of primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention-oriented clinical practice in a wide variety of settings.

A new online Application Process will be available on Monday, April 3, 2017

Board Eligibility

The term 'board eligible' has never been recognized by member boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), including the ABPM, but the term continues to be used by credentialing organizations and others to recognize non-certified physicians as having equivalent status. In an effort to resolve this confusion for credentialers and patients, all member boards of the ABMS agreed to establish parameters under which non-certified physicians could actually be recognized as being board eligible and to further define the time limit for such board eligible status.

The ABPM has defined board eligibility as the first seven years after the completion of ACGME-accredited residency training in a Preventive Medicine specialty area. This policy became effective on January 1, 2012; therefore, the 7 year eligibility period began on January 1, 2012 for any physician who did their residency prior to the effective date of the policy. During the 7-year eligibility period, physicians must continue to meet all of the ongoing requirements to sit for the examination, such as the maintenance of a full, valid, and unrestricted license. After the 7-year eligibility period, beginning in 2019, the residency trained physician will lose the ability to refer to himself or herself as board eligible and will need to fulfill additional requirements before he or she will be allowed to sit for the examination. To see a listing of the additional requirements for re-entry, click here.