ABMS Releases Updated Guide to Medical Specialties

On January 14, 2019

CHICAGO – January 14, 2019 – The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) released its 2019 edition of the ABMS Guide to Medical Specialties, which provides a comprehensive listing of the specialty certifications offered by the 24 ABMS Member Boards and descriptions of each specialty and subspecialty. Currently, there are 40 specialties and 87 subspecialties in which ABMS Members Boards offer certificates.

Highlights of the updated ABMS Guide to Medical Specialties include descriptions for new subspecialties in Neurocritical Care, Micrographic Dermatologic Surgery, and Complex Family Planning. Additionally, new infographics on the basic requirements physicians must meet for initial certification and continuing certification are featured.

For more than 30 years, this guide continues to serve as an illustration of the importance of Board Certification as a public credential. It shows the growing number of specialists and subspecialists who believe in Board Certification as a way to demonstrate their specialty expertise and continued commitment to provide safe, quality patient care. More than 880,000 physicians in the United States are board certified by one or more of the 24 ABMS Member Boards.

Published annually by ABMS, the guide can be downloaded for free.


About ABMS

Established in 1933, the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) is the leading not-for-profit organization overseeing physician certification in the United States. ABMS establishes the standards its 24 Member Boards use to develop and implement educational and professional evaluation, assessment, and certification of physician specialists, helping to improve the quality of care to the patients, families and communities we serve. More than 880,000 physicians are certified in one or more of the approved 40 specialties and 87 subspecialties offered by the ABMS Member Boards. For more information about ABMS, visit abms.org or call (312) 436-2600.

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