What Is the ABPS?

What is ABPS?The American Board of Physician Specialties®, or ABPS, is the official multi-specialty board certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists (AAPS), Inc. The ABPS is one of the three most prominent nationally recognized multi-specialty certifying entities in North America. The Member Boards of the ABPS offer specialty certification examinations for qualified allopathic (M.D.) and osteopathic (D.O.) physicians. Oversight of the ABPS is governed by the AAPS board of directors and chief executive officer, who help make sure that eligibility requirements and testing standards are as stringent as any board certifying body in the world.

The 12 Member Boards of the ABPS administer 20 specialties:

  • Administrative Medicine
  • Anesthesiology
  • Dermatology
  • Diagnostic Radiology
  • Disaster Medicine
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Family Medicine Obstetrics
  • Family Medicine
  • Geriatric Medicine
  • Hospital Medicine
  • Integrative Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Psychiatry
  • Radiation Oncology
  • General Surgery
  • Urgent Care Medicine

The objectives of the ABPS are to:

  • Set rigorous standards for physician board certification
  • Provide an active forum for addressing certification issues confronting physician specialists
  • Establish and maintain professional standards for each medical specialty board of certification and verify that members meet and maintain these standards
  • Promote communication and provide a coordinated structure for conducting the affairs of the affiliated boards of certification
  • Review and act upon applications for new specialty boards
  • Promote collegiality, fraternity, and service among ABPS Diplomates
  • Inform the public about specialty certification, the certification process, and the status of certified physicians

Every ABPS Diplomate is expected to adhere to the organization’s code of ethics and stated values, which include a dedication to conducting themselves with the highest level of integrity while ensuring that patients are safely administered the highest level of medical care. To learn more, contact the ABPS today.

 

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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.

ABPS is a leading advocate for its Diplomates, their patients, and the public at large by promoting high-quality evidence-based patient care. ABPS certifies physicians through industry-leading rigorous examinations in various boards and offers continuous recertification making sure that these physicians are qualified to practice safe state of the art medicine.

Leslie Mukau, MD, FAAEP, FACEP
Emergency Medicine
In this time of uncertainty, Disaster Medicine Certification has helped tremendously to demonstrate to hospital leadership my commitment to disaster preparedness and knowledge of planning, response, and mitigation. ABODM certification focuses on the knowledge and skills a physician needs to become a recognized leader in the four stages of disaster preparation and management: planning, coordination, execution, and debriefing.

Lewis W, Marshall, MD, JD, FAAEP, FAADM
Disaster Medicine | Emergency Medicine
ABPS board certification validates a physician's competence in their medical specialty. This is important to a patient seeking medical care. Physician recertification through ABPS assures that we maintain knowledge and expertise throughout our career. The ABPS is a collegial and committed organization of physicians and administrative staff. The organization has given me the opportunity to become involved in all facets of the board certification process and physician governance.

Lawrence Stein, MD, FAASOS
Orthopedic Surgery