Wednesday, February 18, 2009

American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) Certifications

The American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) was incorporated in 1948 and has gone through quite a few changes over the years. Instead of offering certification in a single medical specialty, it offers board certifications in several, including:
  • Occupational medicine (1955)
  • Aerospace medicine (1953, formerly called Aviation medicine, name changed in 1963)
  • General preventive medicine (1963) - which is now called public health and general preventive medicine (1983)
  • Undersea and hyperbaric medicine (1989)
  • Medical toxicology (1992)
So, if you're considering a non-clinical career, you may wish to explore some options in the world of preventive medicine. The latest certification was added in 1992 and I won't be surprised if a few more get added over the next few decades.

The Board consists of members from the following organizations:
  • Aerospace Medical Association
  • American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
  • American College of Preventive Medicine
  • American Medical Association
  • Association of Schools of Public Health
  • Association of Teachers of Preventive Medicine
  • Trustees of the American Board of Preventive Medicine
Have you ever considered being a NASA astronaut physician?

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