Medical specialty

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A medical specialty is any one of the non-surgical branches of medical science, other than general practice.

Template:Global There are three agencies or organizations in the United States which collectively oversee physician board certification of allopathic and osteopathic physicians in the 26 approved medical specialties recognized in the United States. These organizations are the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and the American Medical Association; the American Osteopathic Association Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists (AOABS) and the American Osteopathic Association; the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) and the American Association of Physician Specialists. Each of these agencies and their associated national medical organization functions as an umbrella for its various specialty academies, colleges and societies:

Certifying Board National Organization Physician Type
ABMS AMA Allopathic Only
AOABS AOA Osteopathic Only
ABPS AAPS Allopathic and Osteopathic


All boards of certification now require that physicians demonstrate, by examination, continuing mastery of the core knowledge and skills for their chosen specialty. Recertification varies by specialty between every 7 and every 10 years.

Medical specialties

Specialized medical practices

Medical subspecialties

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