American Board General Practice
A 501(c)(6) non-profit organization established in 1995, the American Board of General Practice (ABGP) undertakes the examination and certification of physician candidates engaged in general-medicine practice. The American Board of General Practice is recognized by the American Academy of General Physicians as the board that validates the all-around competence of professionals in the field.
The ABGP provides two distinct routes toward board certification, the first being the Previous Experience Pathway. The second route is known as the Primary Standard Pathway and requires the completion of the guidelines set out under the American College of General Medicine's General Practice Training Program. In developing program elements, the latter entity has consulted with well-recognized faculty at a number of institutions, including the College of William and Mary and the University of California, Irvine's School of Medicine. The American College of General Medicine utilizes UC-Irvine's Student Training Center in its clinical-skills evaluation.
Guiding the American Board of General Practice is the Board of Certifiers, an oversight body comprised of physicians each of whom maintain diplomate status with at least one member board of the American Board of Medical Specialties. In addition, ABGP maintains a Board of Examiners. Each of the physicians who sit on the Board of Examiners are advocates for the practice of general medicine. The majority of the physicians who sit on the Board of Examiners have successfully undertaken residences in practice areas encompassing general surgery, trauma surgery, urology, and emergency medicine.
Over the past 17 years, the ABGP has examined more than 300 applicant physicians, with more than 3,000 physicians having applied for membership in the accrediting American Academy of General Physicians. Dedicated to facilitating communication with physicians, ABGP offers a live Internet Information Conference, which allows questions to be asked of board officials.