September 18, 2019 - MOC

Here’s How to Display Your Board Certification Status

Achieving board certification is a remarkable professional milestone. It not only marks the end of successful training; it also demonstrates you have the knowledge and skills to provide high-quality care for your patients. We encourage you to display your board certification status in publications, on your website, email signature, letterhead, business cards, directories, advertisements, and in other printed and digital material.

How to display your certification status

If you are currently board certified in PM&R through the ABPMR, you can state in written, verbal, and digital communication that you are “board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation” or a “diplomate of the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.”

There are several ways to represent this, depending on your communication method and format. Here are some examples of accurate statements of certification to help guide you:

  • Ann Sample MD, ABPMR certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation
  • John Doe MD, a diplomate of the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Ann Sample MD, board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
  • John Doe MD, diplomate, ABPMR

(Note: The term “fellow” is associated with the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; “fellow of the ABPMR” is NOT a recognized term.)

Another option: Your ABPMR Board Certified E-Badge

We also recently introduced a downloadable digital e-badge you can use to to represent your board certification status. Bonus: Your badge automatically displays your most recent milestone of board certification, starting at 5 years. To download your e-badge:

  1. Log in to your ABPMR.org account
  2. From the Welcome Back dropdown menu, click “User Profile”
  3. The badge will appear in the first box. Click the “Download Badge” button

Feel free to use the e-badge on its own with your name, or along with one of the written examples above.

For more information, including how to represent your subspecialty certifications, please read the ABPMR policy on Board Certification Status or our Guidelines for Stating Certification Status.