About the American Board of Physician Specialties and Physician Board Certification

ABPS HistoryThe 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), which certifies both MDs and DOs, has grown in stature over the years, to become one of the 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 20 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. 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.

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

I feel truly blessed and grateful to be an internal medicine board-certified diplomate with the American Board of Physician Specialties. Their ongoing, steadfast commitment to physician board(s) enhancement, forward focused vision, and tenacity is second to none. ABPS has become a recognized choice in Physician Board Certification.

Adam Rench, MD
Internal Medicine
To be the best, you must measure yourself against the best. Achieving Board Certification in Emergency Medicine by the ABPS gave me the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of the art of EM in an objective way. The high bar that ABPS sets for candidates to be allowed to take both the written and oral exam is a testament to ABPS's rigorous vetting of one's ability to practice Emergency Medicine at a high level. By maintaining these credentials, I've been able to instill confidence in my abilities at the department/employer level and ultimately with the patients that choose to seek emergency care at the facilities at which I practice.

Royce Mathew Joseph, MD
Emergency Medicine
The American Board of Physician Specialties has supported the entire field of Integrative Medicine in sponsoring our board. It has been so validating of the importance of prevention-oriented and holistic approaches to care while emphasizing the scientific basis of this specialty to have it recognized by ABPS. I am proud to have been one of the first groups to be board certified by ABPS in Integrative Medicine, leading the way for others committed to training in this specialty.

Myles Spar, MD
Integrative Medicine