The National Board of Physicians and Surgeons

Established in 2015, the National Board of Physicians and Surgeons (NBPAS) is a non-profit, physician-led organization which provides a pathway for continuous certification in all of the broadly recognized areas of specialty medical practice. Access the list of specialties NBPAS certifies.

NBPAS is led by a board of unpaid physicians, thought leaders in clinical and academic medicine, and is the only continuing certification board that strictly prohibits the discriminatory practice of time-unlimited "grandfathering".

NBPAS is dedicated to its mission to:

  • Support continuous and rigorous lifelong learning, clinical excellence, professionalism, and patient care through evidence-based CME.
  • Provide a continuous board certification pathway that is evidence based, specialty specific, and clinically relevant.
  • Require learning that is streamlined, less burdensome, and aligned with other requirements to reduce burnout and help keep physicians practicing medicine.
  • Provide competition and choice in continuing certification.
  • Elevate the practice of medicine over the business of medicine by eliminating obstacles, distractions, and interference, allowing more time for physicians to equitably care for patients.
  • Welcome and support qualified physicians through our dedicated team of NBPAS professionals who are here to support you.

Holding specialty and subspecialty certification with NBPAS indicates a physician’s ongoing commitment to continuous learning through a physician-led pathway that is clinically rigorous, evidence-based, less burdensome, and nationally recognized.

The National Board of Physicians and Surgeons meets national accreditation standards for health plans and hospitals including National Committee on Quality Assurance (NCQA), Utilization Review Accreditation Commission (URAC), Det Norske Veritas (DNV), Center for Improvement in Healthcare Quality (CIHQ), Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) and was named as a “Designated Equivalent Source Agency” by The Joint Commission (TJC).

NBPAS proudly represents physicians in all 50 states, at over 200 hospitals, health systems, telemedicine and insurers.

NBPAS is an independent organization and is NOT affiliated with the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) or the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).

To access more information and supporting materials visit – NBPAS Materials
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