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Changing Standards, Changing Reality: How the ABPS Helps Physicians Adapt to an Evolving Healthcare System

Evolving Health CareHealthcare standards are different today than they were 50 years ago, and they will not be the same 50 years from now. The healthcare industry must respond to inevitable evolution by providing an accurate means of measuring the ability of physician specialists to deliver the best possible medical care. Diplomates of the American Board of Physicians Specialties (ABPS) are positioned not only to respond to the changing nature of healthcare in the United States and Canada, but also to help shape the very future of the healthcare industry.

The ABPS arose, in part, as a response to the shifting reality of the healthcare landscape. As the population of qualified osteopathic physicians grew in the mid-20th century, they required a path to board certification. The parent company of the ABPS, the American Association of Physician Specialists (AAPS), Inc., was the first organization of its kind to accept qualified osteopathic physicians (DO) as well as allopathic physicians (MD). That is just one example of how the ABPS, at a foundational level, has historically responded to the evolving reality of healthcare in the U.S. and Canada.

With a significant lineup of specialty boards, ABPS is one of three recognized multi-specialty certifying organizations. The rigorous ABPS certification standards are equivalent to those of ABMS and AOS and offer physicians a credible choice in board certification and recertification.

Diplomates of the Member Boards of the ABPS have demonstrated that they possess the skill sets and knowledge necessary to provide the best available care for patients. They also belong to a community of physicians who are equally dedicated to the advancement of medical care within their chosen specialties, while adhering to the ABPS code of medical ethics. ABPS Diplomates share best practices among themselves, and have access to professional networking opportunities with fellow physicians. Communication is a key component to remaining nimble in the face of change as an organization. In addition, ABPS physicians help develop the board certification exams, which are clinically based and designed to test physicians’ knowledge of recent medical advances, as well as the depth of their experience.

To learn more about how the ABPS responds to – and helps shape – ongoing change in the field of healthcare in the U.S. and Canada, contact us today. The ABPS is the official multi-specialty board certifying body of the AAPS.