Patients Invited to Recognize Dedication of Physicians on National Doctor’s Day, March 30

Mar 25, 2011

The American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) invites patients to join in thanking physicians on National Doctor’s Day, March 30. Doctor’s Day pays tribute to all physicians for their personal sacrifice and continued service for the well-being of public health.

Physicians share a uniquely personal relationship with their patients. Patients spend several life-changing and milestone moments with their doctors, and the protection of confidentiality fosters an appreciation of privacy. Events ranging from making elderly loved ones comfortable to welcoming newborns into the world, or even the occasional broken bone and illness in between, help define the doctor’s role in every person’s life.

“National Doctor’s Day serves as a renewal of the reciprocal respect that develops in every doctor-patient relationship,” said Anthony P. Russo, Jr., DO, FAAA, President of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc. (AAPS), the governing body of ABPS. “Trust is at the heart of every medical visit.”

But trust alone is not enough for a physician to excel. High quality health care is a reflection of physician board certification.

“Most patients will never see the years of study and training physicians log outside of their practices,” said William J. Carbone, CEO of ABPS and AAPS. “I have the pleasure of serving these physicians in aiding their continued dedication to the highest standard of medicine.”

2011 marks the 20th anniversary of National Doctor’s Day’s official designation in the U.S., though observation dates back to 1933. ABPS appreciates the selfless devotion required to practice a high quality of health care.

The American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS), the official certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc. (AAPS), provides board certification to qualified allopathic (M.D.) and osteopathic (D.O.) physicians in 17 medical specialties. ABPS sets rigorous standards of certification that at all times places patients first. More information is available online at

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When I think historically, advancement in medicine and patient safety and care has been driven by the diversity of people and scientific thought. That’s what I found at the ABPS and more. For over 60 years that is just who we are. I found a physician certifying body that provides a choice and voice to all physicians ensuring that patients are always placed first.

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When I decided to pursue a full time role as a physician executive it was important to me to obtain additional professional training, education and work experience. Board certification through the ABPS in Administrative Medicine is validation of my efforts and a demonstration of dedication to professional development. We need more physicians to become full time health care executives, knowing there is a board certification option in Administrative Medicine encourages physicians to take the leap from full time clinical practice to healthcare organizational leadership.

Richard Paula, MD
Administrative Medicine
The American Board of Physician Specialties has provided me with the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of internal medicine through board certification. As a hospitalist, board certification is an expected credential, and hospitals recognize the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) as one of the three standard credentialling bodies for Internal Medicine. Additionally, the ABPS has helped me develop leadership skills as a Board member and Committee Chairperson. ABPS has also helped me sharpen critical thinking skills as a test question developer and reviewer. The Allopathic (MD) and Osteopathic (DO) physicians in the ABPS are lifelong learners and frequently pursue multiple board certifications. I enjoy the camaraderie of my peers in ABPS.

Loren Jay Chassels, DO
Internal Medicine