December 20, 2017
Tampa, FL –The American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS), the official certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc·® (AAPS), is pleased to announce that Terrance Lee Baker, MD, MS, FAAEP, of Kingsville, MD, successfully completed all of the requirements for recertification in Emergency Medicine through the Board of Certification in Emergency Medicine, an AAPS/ABPS affiliated Board of Certification.
ABPS is the third largest national multi-specialty certifying organization in the United States and represents thousands of physicians in a myriad of specialties and types of practices. AAPS was organized in 1950 to provide a clinically recognized mechanism for specialty certification of physicians with advanced training. Unlike other medical associations, which are exclusionary, the AAPS is composed of both allopathic (MD) and osteopathic (DO) physicians, with the majority (85%) being allopathic. In order to attain specialty certification, licensed physicians must meet the rigorous requirements of the appropriate
certification board and the AAPS/ABPS. These requirements, which include advanced training, significant experience, good moral character, and specialty examinations, assure the public that physicians obtaining certification have met high standards of knowledge and expertise in their specialty. Certification requires:
- Graduation from a duly accredited medical school. Members hold active and unencumbered licenses in good standing through the licensing process of an individual state which adheres to policies of the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB).
- An accredited medical residency training program approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC), or the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) that includes substantial and identifiable training in an appropriate area for the specialty as determined by the ASPS.
- Recertification every 8 years in which applicants demonstrate competency in their specialty by maintaining skills and staying knowledgeable of the latest procedures and developments in the specialty. Recertification requires passage of a written examination.
- Successful completion of documented, valid, reliable, and psychometrically sound written examinations consistent with testing standards of the AERA and the APA. Content and scoring of the written examinations and oral examinations are directly linked to the physician practice analysis, which documents the skills and knowledge needed in the practice of each specialty and validates the criticality and importance of the examination content.
- Verification of physician credentials for certification or recertification by inquiry to both the FSMB Credentials Verification Service and the American Medical Association’s Physicians Profiling Service.
The ABPS Member Boards of Certification offer certification and recertification in the following medical specialty areas: Anesthesiology, Dermatology, Diagnostic Radiology, Disaster Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine Obstetrics, Family Practice, Hospital Medicine, Integrative Medicine, Internal Medicine, Orthopedic Surgery, and Urgent Care. Recertification is also offered in Geriatric Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ophthalmology, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Psychiatry, Radiation Oncology, and Surgery.
For more information on the AAPS/ABPS affiliated Boards of Certification, please visit our web site at www.abpsus.org.