Each ABPS Medical Certification Board Delivers a Rigorous, Psychometrically Valid Exam
The responsibility of a physician specialty certification board is to ensure that the medical board exam is developed and administered in such a way that the result accurately reflects a physician’s mastery of the knowledge base and skill set in his or her chosen specialty. In order to live up to this responsibility, the member boards of the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) employ rigorous standards for the development of content within their written, simulation and oral examinations.
The ABPS, which is the official certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists (AAPS), received independent affirmation of the high standards of its medical certification board exam content through an exhaustive practice analysis study performed by Castle Worldwide. This well-respected testing agency concluded that the ABPS/AAPS certification programs “meet or exceed the equivalent standards of any other certification organization.”
The physicians and public members of the twelve ABPS boards develop and administer physician certification and recertification exams for 17 medical specialties. The mission of ABPS/AAPS is to focus primarily on enhancing patient care, rather than on the business of medicine and every medical board exam administered reflects this commitment. In line with that mission is our pledge to promote collegiality, fraternity, and services among our Diplomates all of whom are given the opportunity to contribute to future exam development and administration.