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Governance of ABPS

ABPS has twelve governing boards offering certification in eighteen specialties. The following is a list of the boards and the specialties included with each:

  • Board of Certification in Anesthesiology (BCA)
    Specialty in Anesthesiology
  • Board of Certification in Dermatology (BCD)
    Specialty in Dermatology
  • American Board of Disaster Medicine (ABODM)
    Specialty in Disaster Medicine
  • Board of Certification in Emergency Medicine (BCEM)
    Specialty in Emergency Medicine
  • Board of Certification in Family Medicine Obstetrics (BCFMO)
    Specialty in Family Medicine Obstetrics
  • Board of Certification in Family Practice (BCFP)
    Specialty in Family Practice
  • American Board of Hospital Medicine (ABHM)
    Specialty in Hospital Medicine
  • Board of Certification in Internal Medicine (BCIM)
    Specialties in:

    • Geriatrics
    • Internal Medicine
    • Psychiatry
  • American Board of Integrative Medicine (ABOIM)
  • Board of Certification in Orthopedic Surgery (BCOS)
    Specialty in Orthopedic Surgery
  • Board of Certification in Radiology (BCR)
    Specialties in:

    • Diagnostic Radiology
    • Radiation Oncology
  • Board of Certification in Surgery (BCS)
    Specialties in:

    • General Surgery
    • Obstetrics and Gynecology
    • Ophthalmology
    • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Board of Certification in Urgent Care Medicine (BCUCM)
    Specialty in Urgent Care Medicine

The ABPS is composed of the Chair of each of the twelve governing specialty boards,  the President, President-Elect and Secretary/Treasurer of AAPS and up to two public members.

Each specialty board establishes its own standards although the ABPS oversees proposed changes in standards for appropriateness and adherence to standards to which all Boards must comply. All proposals by specialty boards regarding organization, structure and certification standards are first reviewed by the ABPS and then forwarded to the AAPS Board of Directors for final approval.

The ABPS, and the member specialty boards, conduct their business meetings during the Annual Scientific Meeting in June and at individual board meetings in January, February and March. Additional meetings are scheduled as needed.