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About the American Board of Physician Specialties and Physician Board Certification

Board CertificationThe American Association of Physician Specialists Inc. (AAPS) was founded by surgeons in 1950, and incorporated in 1952, as the American Academy of Osteopathic Surgeons. The AAPS physician certifying body, the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS), has grown in stature over the years, to become one of the three largest and most prestigious multi-specialty physician board certification bodies in the United States, along with the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and the American Osteopathic Association/Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists (AOABOS).

The ABPS consists of 12 governing boards that oversee physician board certification for 17 specialties and subspecialties which is the official board certifying body for the AAPS. The ABPS was formed on the basis of the idea that patient care is enhanced by a foundation of inclusion when it comes to physician board certification. We readily accept qualified allopathic and osteopathic physicians, as well as, the first board certifying body to accept public members with full voting rights and privileges. A big part of the appeal of the ABPS for physicians is the sense of community that comes with joining a large, inclusive and diverse group of like-minded professionals and having a voice that matters in that group.

The ABPS community of Diplomates is built around the concept of interactive connectedness which encourages the sharing of knowledge and best practices. In addition to ample professional networking opportunities, each public member has the freedom and authority to act as a public advocate within the chosen specialty. Despite the “big tent” philosophy, board certification through one of the Member Boards of the ABPS is a monumental intellectual challenge for physicians. Eligibility requirements and testing standards are equally rigorous.

A physician who has achieved board certification through the ABPS will have thoroughly demonstrated a mastery of the core body of knowledge and skills in the chosen specialty at a specific time. The testing standards are valid, reliable and psychometrically sound.  In addition, the work ethic and dedication of ABPS board certified physicians can never be disputed. The standards for recertification are rigorous, and the ABPS is the only major certifying body that requires a non-remedial medical ethics course every eight years.

The ABPS is dedicated to ensuring inclusiveness in the physician board certification and recertification process. Contact us today for information about physician board certification in your specialty or subspecialty.