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.

ABPS gives its members unique opportunities to learn and develop professionally. I have been practicing Emergency Medicine for over 27 years and have been privileged to be a member of this fabulous organization. Through ABPS I have developed tremendously in my professional career becoming a consummate practitioner of my trade, a physician leader locally at my hospital, in my region , at the state level, and a published clinical researcher.
Leslie Mukau, MD, FAAEP, FACEP
Emergency Medicine
ABPS provides a guarantee of a high level of competency. Not only has this been good for my professional development but it has assured my patients that the clinicians they see are trained to the highest degree.


Mimi Guarneri, MD, FACC
Integrative Medicine
I value my ABPS certification very highly because it is one-of-a-kind certification in Urgent Care Medicine under the auspices of a larger, reputable organization. I really enjoy the professional and personal relationships I have formed with other individuals in the development of this new board and appreciate the great lengths that ABPS goes to ensure and enhance the recognition of it's component boards.
Joseph D. Toscano, MD
Urgent Care Medicine