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To become board certified in a specialty, physicians must complete an approved educational program through the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). They also go through an evaluation process which includes a test designed to measure the knowledge, skills and experience of the physician in that specialty.

In addition to getting certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties (which has 24 medical specialty boards), D.O.s can also get certified by one of the 18 American Osteopathic Association Approved Specialty Boards.  Certification by an AOA Approved Board is not a requirement to practice in a medical specialty. 

Physicians can receive the following certifications from the ABMS:
American Board of... General Certificates Subspecialty Certificates
Allergy & Immunology Allergy & Immunology Clinical & Laboratory Immunology

Anesthesiology Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine
    Pain Management

Colon & Rectal Surgery Colon & Rectal Surgery  

Dermatology Dermatology Clinical & Laboratory Dermatological Immunology
    Pediatric Dermatology

Emergency Medicine Emergncy Medicine Medical Toxicology
    Pediatric Emergency Medicine
    Sports Medicine
    Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine

Family Practice Family Practice Geriatric Medicine
    Sports Medicine

Internal Medicine Internal Medicine Adolescent Medicine
    Cardiovascular Disease
    Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology
    Clinical & Laboratory Immunology
    Critical Care Medicine
    Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism
    Geriatric Medicine
    Infectious Disease
    Interventional Cardiology
    Medical Oncology
    Pulmonary Disease
    Sports Medicine

Medical Genetics Clinical Biochemical Genetics Molecular Genetic Pathology
  Clinical Cytogenetics  
  Clinical Genetics - M.D.  
  Clinical Molecular Genetics  
  Ph.D. Medical Genetics  

Neurological Surgery Neurological Surgery  

Nuclear Medicine Nuclear Medicine  

Obstetrics & Gynecology Obstetrics & Gynecology Critical Care Medicine
    Gynecologic Oncology
    Maternal - Fetal Medicine
    Reproductive Endocrinology

Opthalmology Opthalmology  

Orthopaedic Surgery Orthopaedic Surgery Hand Surgery

Otolaryngology Otolaryngology Otolog/Neurotology
    Pediatric Otolaryngology
    Plastic Surgery within the Head and Neck

Pathology Anatomic Anatomic Pathology & Clinical Pathology Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine
  Anatomic Pathology Chemical Pathology
  Clinical Pathology Cytopathology
    Forensic Pathology
    Medical Microbiology
    Molecular Genetic Pathology
    Pediatric Pathology

Pediatrics Pediatrics Adolescent Medicine
    Clinical & Laboratory Immunology
    Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics
    Medical Toxicology
    Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
    Neurodevelopmental Disabilities
    Pediatric Cardiology
    Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
    Pediatric Emergency Medicine
    Pediatric Endocrinology
    Pediatric Gastroenterology
    Pediatric Hematology-Oncology
    Pediatric Infection Diseases
    Pediatric Nephrology
    Pediatric Pulmonolgy
    Pediatric Rheumatology
    Sports Medicine

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitiation Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Pain Management
    Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine
    Spinal Cord Injury Medicine

Plastic Surgery Plastic Surgery Hand Surgery
    Plastic Surgery Within the Head and Neck

Preventive Medicine Aerospace Medicine Medical Toxicology
  Occupational Medicine Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine
  Public Health & General Preventive Medicine Undersea Medicine

Psychiatry & Neurology Psychiatry Addiction Psychiatry
  Neurology Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
  Neurology with Special Clinical Neurophysiology
  Qualifications in Child Forensic Psychiatry
  Neurology Geriatric Psychiatry
    Neurodevelopmental Disabilities
    Pain Management

Radiology Diagnostic Radiology Neuroradiology
  Radiation Oncology Nuclear Radiology
  Radiological Physics Pediatric Radiology
  Radiology Vascular & Interventional Radiology

Surgery Surgery General Vascular Surgery
    Pediatric Surgery
    Surgery of the Hand
    Surgical Critical Care

Thoracic Surgery Thoracic Surgery  

Urology Urology  
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