About the American Board of Medical Specialties

The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) is an independent, not-for-profit organization founded in 1933 to set professional standards for physician certification. ABMS is composed of 24 Member Boards.

Our focus is on improving the quality of health care to individuals, their families and communities by elevating the discipline of specialty medicine through board certification.


The ABMS mission is to serve the public and the medical profession by improving the quality of health care through setting professional standards for lifelong certification in partnership with Member Boards.


We achieve our mission by helping physician specialists achieve their potential as providers of quality health care. More than 900,000 physicians are board certified in one or more of the 40 specialties and 87 subspecialties offered by an ABMS Member Board.