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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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.

ABPS board certification validates a physician's competence in their medical specialty. This is important to a patient seeking medical care. Physician recertification through ABPS assures that we maintain knowledge and expertise throughout our career. The ABPS is a collegial and committed organization of physicians and administrative staff. The organization has given me the opportunity to become involved in all facets of the board certification process and physician governance.

Lawrence Stein, MD, FAASOS
Orthopedic Surgery
ABPS is a leading advocate for its Diplomates, their patients, and the public at large by promoting high-quality evidence-based patient care. ABPS certifies physicians through industry-leading rigorous examinations in various boards and offers continuous recertification making sure that these physicians are qualified to practice safe state of the art medicine.

Leslie Mukau, MD, FAAEP, FACEP
Emergency Medicine
In this time of uncertainty, Disaster Medicine Certification has helped tremendously to demonstrate to hospital leadership my commitment to disaster preparedness and knowledge of planning, response, and mitigation. ABODM certification focuses on the knowledge and skills a physician needs to become a recognized leader in the four stages of disaster preparation and management: planning, coordination, execution, and debriefing.

Lewis W, Marshall, MD, JD, FAAEP, FAADM
Disaster Medicine | Emergency Medicine