The American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc. Provides Guidance for Emergency Room Staff Members During COVID-19

A review of emergency departments across the nation from state to state, city to city, and in inner-city to rural areas demonstrates that no consistent approach to emergency department safety regarding COVID-19 exists. In order to protect emergency department staff members, including physicians, nurses, and allied health professionals, the American Association of Physician Specialists (AAPS) and its Academy of Emergency Physicians (AAEP) offer minimum necessary guidelines that should be considered during the current pandemic. To read the full guidelines, please click here.

October 2020 Exam Applications

April 1st Update

In consideration of the difficulty applicants for certification and recertification may be having under these trying circumstances, ABPS will be extending the applicable April 1, 2020 application fee through the final deadline of May 1 for initial applications, and extending the April 1, 2020 pricing and the submission deadline to July 1 for recertification applications.

May 2020 Exam Administration

March 25th Update

In response to COVID-19 related developments, ABPS is extending the May 2020 testing window for all approved candidates. The testing period will still begin on May 1, but the eligibility window has been extended to June 30, 2020. All candidates affected by this decision will receive further instructions via email regarding scheduling or rescheduling their exam with PSI. Candidates who wish to defer their exam to the next scheduled exam administration window may do so without being charged a deferral or incurring a deferral fee. In addition, please note that with this extension, the exam results will be delayed as well. As always, if you have any questions, please contact the certification department at certification@abpsus.org.

BCEM Oral Examinations | COVID-19 Impact

March 17th Update

Given the various circumstances surrounding COVID-19, the Board of Certification in Emergency Medicine (BCEM) has postponed the March 2020 Emergency Medicine Oral Exam. BCEM is hoping to reschedule the exam at a time later in the year. The new date will be published as soon as it is available.

House of Delegates & Annual Scientific Meeting

March 17th Update

AAPS/ABPS are carefully monitoring the impacts of COVID-19. We are currently planning to proceed with the 2020 House of Delegates & Annual Scientific Meeting; however, in the event of a cancellation, we will notify all parties involved immediately. We have extended the early registration deadline until April 17. For more information about the meeting, please click here.

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Patient Care Is Our Priority

Medical organizations throughout North America understand that our rigorous certification standards prove that ABPS Diplomates are capable of delivering the best patient care possible.

Board certification through the American Board of Physician Specialties has served to substantiate my interest and additional training in several fields of medicine including Internal Medicine, Disaster Medicine, and Administrative Medicine. As a result, I have been able to serve my community in clinical, disaster response, and administrative medicine roles. Through the ABPS, I have become recognized as a leader in my various fields of interest.

Spencer Price MD, MPH, MBA
Internal Medicine, Disaster Medicine, Administrative Medicine
BCEM certification through ABPS has provided me with many opportunities. It has helped me demonstrate that I have special experience and expertise in Emergency Medicine beyond that obtained through my family medicine training. BCEM certification firmly established me as an emergency medicine specialist once I started working in emergency medicine full time. ABPS has also helped me network with other family physicians with a passion for improving rural and underserved emergency medicine practice.

Alex Beuning, MD, FAAEP
Emergency Medicine
Personal challenge and motivation compelled me to pass my ABPS board exam. Measurement and confirmation of my own knowledge base reinforced my self-confidence. The ABPS, with its history of inclusivity, has allowed me to have a voice in the organization, while permitting me to impact overall national patient safety and care through certification. Participation in exam development afforded me the opportunity to witness the rigorousness of the exam process and psychometrically sound product, while developing meaningful collegiality, professional life enrichment, and warding off burn out.

Elizabeth Maxwell-Schmidt MD, FAAEP, FACEP
Emergency Medicine