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Is the American Board of General Practice a Member Board of the American Board of Medical Specialties?

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Is the American Board of General Practice a Member Board of the American Board of Medical Specialties?

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ANSWER It is the understanding of the American Academy of General Physicians* (the professional association that recognizes and accredits the American Board of General Practice) that the American Board of Medical Specialties is an association of boards which is only for medical boards that examine and certify solely in a specialty. For this reason, it is the opinion of the American Academy of General Physicians* that the American Board of Medical Specialties does not have any authority over, or involvement with, the general practice of medicine. “General Practice”, by definition, is non-specialization. Since the 1800’s, the general practice of medicine has had a long and prestigious history and has been recognized by the healthcare community and public as being a highly respected type of practice and area of medicine. However, it has generally never been recognized as a specialty. The licensed general practitioners, who make up the membership of the American Academy of General Physicia

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