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National Initiative Fund (NIF)


The National Initiative Fund (NIF) was created to strategically advance recognition of ABPS Member Boards. NIF enables staff to work  continually to create awareness and solidify recognition of all ABPS Board Certifications with influential stakeholders, including the U.S. Congress, state legislators, state medical boards, hospital systems and health plans.


One impactful and direct result of NIF activities is the recent inclusion of ABPS in the Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook. The DOL now defines multi-specialty physician board certification in the United States as ABMS, AOA and ABPS.


NIF certification advancement efforts are funded solely by donations from ABPS Diplomates and Members. Please seriously consider contributing to NIF to help bolster our activities on your behalf.

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Contributions or gifts made to the American Association of Physician Specialties, Inc. (AAPS) and/or to the National Initiative Fund (NIF) are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes.  Any such payments by members of a professional association such as the AAPS may be deductible under Section 162 of the IRS code as an ordinary business expense.  Please consult your tax advisor for specific information on the deductibility of such payments.