ABPS Member Boards Serve Qualified Osteopathic and Allopathic Physicians
The 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.