Academies of Medicine
AAPS affiliated Academies of Medicine are established to:
- Promote the highest intellectual, moral and ethical standards of practice within the specialty
- Promote and provide continuing education for members
- Promote study, research and improvement of the specialty
- Recognize excellence via awards to Diplomate members (Physician of the Year and Degree of Fellow)
- Elect members to their affiliated Board of Certification
Enrollment in the Specialty Academy of Medicine
Academies are the fundamental units in which new physicians become a member of the entire organization and connect with AAPS members who share similar, if not identical, interests in a field of medicine. AAPS bylaws require that the “Association shall enroll each person accepted as a member of the Association as a member of the affiliated academy which represents, most closely, the member’s area of practice and interests.” New members may be assigned to more than one Academy based upon training and experience.
Diplomates are members of the Academy who have been certified by the ABPS Board of Certification in the same specialty. Upon achieving Diplomate status, members partake in privileges not available to other Academy members. Diplomate members may be elected to serve as an officer or governor of the affiliated academy, and therefore, eligible to vote for members of the ABPS Board of Certification in the same specialty. In addition, only Diplomates may be selected by the academy to receive the Physician of the Year award or the Degree of Fellow designation.