The focused practice designation, approved by ABMS in March 2017, recognizes the value that physicians who devote a substantial portion of their practice to a specific area of a specialty and/or subspecialty can provide to improving health care. It reflects an evolution of practice that occurs following initial certification and is relevant to continuing certification.
For example, a physician may focus his or her practice on work in the hospital setting or concentrate on specific patient populations, conditions, and/or specialized procedures that emerge as medicine evolves.
Focused practice designation enables Member Boards to set standards for, assess, and acknowledge additional expertise that physicians gain through clinical experience. It allows physicians to concentrate their continuing certification efforts in the very area in which much of their professional practice is based.
See the ABMS Focused Practice Designation FAQs[PDF], which includes a list of approved designations.