Celebrating Doctors Day 2020

Celebrating Doctors Day 2020On March 30th, 1842, modern medicine changed forever when Dr. Crawford Long became the first person to use general anesthesia in surgery. In 1933, the United States marked the anniversary of this event by observing the first National Doctors Day. Then in 1991, President George H.W. Bush declared Doctors Day a national day of celebration.

At the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS), we believe that a celebration to honor our nation’s doctors is fitting. After all, skilled and knowledgeable physicians have not only helped every one of us individually, but through their dedicated service, doctors play a critical, larger role in continually fostering the nation’s health and well-being. The ABPS therefore urges all Americans to celebrate National Doctors Day this March 30th.

If you know a doctor or have been helped by one recently, please take a moment to express your gratitude. The time and effort they have spent in developing their careers have served us well—they deliver our babies, treat our illnesses, and mend our broken bones. And it is to doctors we confidently turn when we need professional medical advice on how to lead healthier lives and recover safely from illness or injury. Simply put, we all need doctors in our lives.

As a nationally recognized, multi-specialty certifying body, the ABPS is proud to have a community of physician Diplomates who work diligently to improve our healthcare system by staying updated on medical advancements and offering effective techniques and treatment methods. Our Diplomates represent the finest in their fields and can be found in all 50 states, as well as Canada and Puerto Rico.  If you would like information about the qualifications of our Diplomates or the benefits of certification through one of our many Member Boards, contact the ABPS today.

Save the Date
House of Delegates & Annual Scientific Meeting
Innovation & Overcoming Challenges
June 10-15, 2022
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.

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.

Jerry Allison, MD
Emergency Medicine
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