The ABPN was founded in 1934 to identify competent specialists in the fields of psychiatry and neurology. Board certification assures the public that the physician has completed training and specialization beyond the education required to practice medicine.
To become board certified in psychiatry, a candidate must meet the requirements imposed by the ABPN. In addition to graduating from an accredited medical school, the candidate must be licensed to practice medicine in the United States or Canada. Candidates also must complete an APBN-approved specialized training program in psychiatry.
Once those prerequisites are satisfied, the candidate may submit an official application for ABPN approval. If approved, the candidate is eligible to take the APBN’s certification examination.
A candidate who passes the certification exam becomes a diplomate of the ABPN. Diplomates must fulfill the ABPN’s continuous medical education, assessment, and improvement requirements. Additionally, diplomates are required to take recertification examinations every 10 years to maintain their certification status.