ABPS Member Boards Serve Qualified Osteopathic and Allopathic Physicians

Osteopathic PhysiciansThe Member Boards of the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS®) serve qualified osteopathic, as well as allopathic, physicians. In fact, the origin of the parent company of the ABPS, the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc., is closely linked with the osteopathic community. The original name of the organization, which was founded in 1950, was the American Association of Osteopathic Surgeons. It was founded in Joplin, Mo., by Dr. E.O. Martin, and has evolved to become one of the largest and most prestigious multi-specialty certifying bodies in North America.

When it comes to eligibility requirements, the Member Boards of the ABPS make no distinction between a D.O. and an M.D. The eligibility requirements for all of the medical specialties are equally stringent, regardless of the physician’s choice in medical training. What this means is, neither an osteopathic physician nor a medical doctor receives an inherent advantage from ABPS Member Boards.

What does it mean for an allopathic or osteopathic physician to achieve board certification through an ABPS Member Board? To begin with, it demonstrates a mastery of the core competencies required to provide the finest medical care available. It means a physician is among the best and brightest within his or her chosen specialty. It means that he or she belongs to a distinguished community of like-minded physicians who prioritize the advancement of patient care and safety, rather than the business of medicine.

If you are an osteopathic physician who is considering board certification or recertification and would like to learn more about the ABPS, contact us today. The ABPS is the official multi-specialty certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.


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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