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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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
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