Governance of ABPS

ABPS Governance ABPS has twelve governing boards offering certification in 20 specialties. To see how ABPS is governed, click here.

The following is a list of the boards and the specialties included with each:

  • American Board of Administrative Medicine (ABAM)
    Specialty in Administrative Medicine
  • Board of Certification in Anesthesiology (BCA)
    Specialty in Anesthesiology
  • Board of Certification in Dermatology (BCD)
    Specialty in Dermatology
  • American Board of Disaster Medicine (ABODM)
    Specialty in Disaster Medicine
  • Board of Certification in Emergency Medicine (BCEM)
    Specialty in Emergency Medicine
  • Board of Certification in Family Medicine Obstetrics (BCFMO)
    Specialty in Family Medicine Obstetrics
  • Board of Certification in Family Medicine (BCFM)
    Specialty in Family Medicine
  • American Board of Hospital Medicine (ABHM)
    Specialty in Hospital Medicine
  • Board of Certification in Internal Medicine (BCIM)
    Specialties in:

    • Geriatrics
    • Internal Medicine
    • Psychiatry
  • American Board of Integrative Medicine (ABOIM)
    Specialty in Integrative Medicine
  • Board of Certification in Orthopedic Surgery (BCOS)
    Specialty in Orthopedic Surgery
  • Board of Certification in Radiology (BCR)
    Specialties in:

    • Diagnostic Radiology
    • Radiation Oncology
  • Board of Certification in Surgery (BCS)
    Specialties in:

    • General Surgery
    • Obstetrics and Gynecology
    • Ophthalmology
    • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Board of Certification in Urgent Care Medicine (BCUCM)
    Specialty in Urgent Care Medicine

The ABPS is composed of the Chair of each of the governing specialty boards,  the President, President-Elect and Secretary/Treasurer of AAPS and up to two public members.

Each specialty board establishes its own standards, although the ABPS oversees proposed changes in standards for appropriateness and adherence to standards to which all Boards must comply. All proposals by specialty boards regarding organization, structure, and certification standards are first reviewed by the ABPS and then forwarded to the AAPS Board of Directors for final approval.

The ABPS, and the member specialty boards, conduct their business meetings during the Annual Scientific Meeting in June and at individual board meetings in January, February, and March. Additional meetings are scheduled as needed.

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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.

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