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.

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