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About the American Board of Physician Specialties

ABPS AboutThe American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) is the official board certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc. (AAPS). As the third largest nationally recognized physician multi-specialty certifying body in the United States, ABPS is known across all 50 states and Puerto Rico for offering a path toward board certification for qualified allopathic and osteopathic physicians in 18 different specialties.

In order to be eligible for board certification or recertification through the ABPS, licensed physicians must meet the stringent eligibility requirements that have been defined by the specialty boards. While these minimum standards vary depending on the specialty, ABPS places an emphasis on not only psychometrically evaluated testing and advanced training but also moral character and experience. Furthermore, ABPS has a clear path toward recertification for qualified physicians. Our standards for recertification vary depending on the specialty board, but typically include a commitment to continuing medical education, successful completion of a recertification examination, participation in a non-remedial medical ethics program, and other similar requirements.

ABPS is also well known for working with physicians to provide unique opportunities for board certification in their specialty. For instance, physicians who have extensive experience working in emergency departments, but completed their residencies in a primary care field, have the opportunity to earn board certification in Emergency Medicine with the ABPS without needing to complete an additional residency. It’s just one example of how we address the individual needs of healthcare professionals.

Another defining characteristic of the ABPS is our commitment to emerging public health issues. This is why we’ve developed innovative new boards in Disaster Medicine, Integrative Medicine, Hospital Medicine, Family Medicine Obstetrics, and Urgent Care Medicine – among others. In the case of Disaster Medicine, we’re the only board certifying organization to offer this essential and increasingly relevant board certification.

The ABPS was founded to recognize licensed physicians who have mastered their respective fields of medicine. Increasingly, hospitals and medical staff placement agencies are prioritizing hiring board certified physicians, and we feel it is important to offer qualified professionals a choice when they’re researching board certifying bodies. The AAPS was founded by a group of surgeons in 1950, and over the last several decades our team of professionals has worked tirelessly to improve the certification process in order to ensure that our Diplomates are recognized for their achievements in the medical profession.

If you are interested in pursuing board certification in your specialty and you are exploring your options, contact ABPS today. We’ll be happy to explain the eligibility requirements for certification through the ABPS, the advantages that ABPS Diplomates enjoy, and answer any questions you may have.