ABPS Celebrates Doctor's Day 2010

Today is National Doctor's Day, a designated day of tribute to recognize the contributions that physicians make to the public health and well being. The American Board of Physician Specialists (ABPS) is celebrating by recognizing all physicians for their dedication to high-quality health care in the United States.

"There are many reasons a person chooses to dedicate their life to medicine," said Scott Barnes, D.O., FAAIM, president of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc. (AAPS), the governing body of ABPS. "Primarily, most physicians enjoy the challenge and want to help people."

Barnes said ABPS board-certified physicians are privileged to help people through some of the most difficult experiences they will ever face – such as a serious illness or injury. Sometimes doctors share in some of their patients’ greatest moments – whether welcoming a new baby or working to help someone heal and improve their quality of life. "Patients share confidential information and personal history with us so that we may do a better job of caring for them,” Barnes said. “Trust is central to the doctor and patient relationship.”

In addition to providing medical care in their practices, many ABPS diplomates contribute their time and expertise furthering the profession and respective individual specialties. Physician leaders participate in the development of certification examinations, continuing medical education courses, and publication of medical knowledge and expertise.

“Hard work and sacrifice with years of study and training are what it takes to become a board-certified physician,” said William J. Carbone, CEO of AAPS and ABPS. "Doctor’s Day is a great occasion for all patients to express their continued appreciation to physicians for their compassion and dedication to patient care.”

National Doctor's Day was first celebrated in 1991. Doctor’s Day observances date back to March 30, 1933.

ABPS, the official certifying body of AAPS, provides board certification to qualified allopathic (M.D.) and osteopathic (D.O.) physicians in 17 medical specialties. More information is available online at www.abpsus.org.

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