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.

The American Board of Physician Specialties has provided me with the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of internal medicine through board certification. As a hospitalist, board certification is an expected credential, and hospitals recognize the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) as one of the three standard credentialling bodies for Internal Medicine. Additionally, the ABPS has helped me develop leadership skills as a Board member and Committee Chairperson. ABPS has also helped me sharpen critical thinking skills as a test question developer and reviewer. The Allopathic (MD) and Osteopathic (DO) physicians in the ABPS are lifelong learners and frequently pursue multiple board certifications. I enjoy the camaraderie of my peers in ABPS.

Loren Jay Chassels, DO
Internal Medicine
When I think historically, advancement in medicine and patient safety and care has been driven by the diversity of people and scientific thought. That’s what I found at the ABPS and more. For over 60 years that is just who we are. I found a physician certifying body that provides a choice and voice to all physicians ensuring that patients are always placed first.

Jerry Allison, MD
Emergency Medicine
When I decided to pursue a full time role as a physician executive it was important to me to obtain additional professional training, education and work experience. Board certification through the ABPS in Administrative Medicine is validation of my efforts and a demonstration of dedication to professional development. We need more physicians to become full time health care executives, knowing there is a board certification option in Administrative Medicine encourages physicians to take the leap from full time clinical practice to healthcare organizational leadership.

Richard Paula, MD
Administrative Medicine