NBPAS certification requires fulfillment of the following criteria:
Previous certification by an American Board of Medical Specialties or American Osteopathic Association member board.
A valid, unrestricted license to practice medicine in at least one US state. Physicians who only hold a license outside of the U.S. must provide evidence of an unrestricted license from a valid non-U.S. licensing body.
A minimum of 50 hours of continuing medical education (CME) within the past 24 months, provided by a recognized provider of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). CME must be related to one or more of the certified specialties. Re-entry for physicians with lapsed certification requires 100 hours of CME with the past 24 months. Physicians in or within two years of training are exempt.
For some specialties (ie interventional cardiology, electrophysiology, surgical specialties), certified physicians must have active privileges to practice that specialty in at least one US hospital licensed by a nationally recognized credentialing organization with deeming authority from CMS (ie Joint Commission, HFAP, DNV).
A physician who has had their medical staff appointment/membership or clinical privileges in the specialty for which they are seeking certification involuntarily revoked and not reinstated, must have subsequently maintained medical staff appointment/membership or clinical privileges for at least 24 months in another US hospital licensed by a nationally recognized credentialing organization with deeming authority from CMS (ie Joint Commission, HFAP, DNV).
NBPAS’s website serves as primary source verification for diplomates currently certified by the National Board of Physicians and Surgeons (NBPAS).