Birth of the American Board of General Practice

The birth of the American Board of General Practice (ABGP) occurred in 1995 and was one of two organizations that was formed at the same time. Those organizations were the American Board of General Practice and the American Academy of General Physicians. The American Board of General Practice and the American Academy of General Physicians comprise two of the three organizations that have been referred to as the "General Practice Organizations".

The American Board of General Practice, the American Academy of General Physicians and the American College of General Medicine are the three organizations that have been referred to as the "General Practice Organizations". While the American Board of General Practice and the American Academy of General Physicians were organized in 1995, the American College of General Medicine was organized several years later.

These three organizations were born out of what has been termed the "General Practice Movement". This movement consists mostly of three main types of physicians, which are (a) physicians who never accepted the family practice concept, who always considered themselves to be general practitioners (not family practitioners) and who wanted to remain true to their general-practice roots, (b) specialists who wanted to be generalists, either in their primary or secondary areas of practice, and (c) physicians who wanted to leave family practice become general practitioners.

The American Board of General Practice was organized to be an examining and certifying board in a non-specialty area of medicine, that being the general practice area of medicine. As such, while the American Board of General Practice is an examining and certifying board, it is not a specialty board. As stated, the reason the American Board of General Practice is not a specialty board is because it does not certify in a specialty area.

The leadership of the American Board of General Practice made a decision not to have the American Board of General Practice seek membership in the American Board of Medical Specialties. This being because, as stated above, the American Board of General Practice is not a specialty board (it does not certify in a specialty area). While the general practice of medicine has always been considered to be a valid and prestigious area of medical practice, it has never been considered to be a specialty. By definition, general practitioners are physicians who choose not to specialize. Also, there were already numerous Non-ABMS boards within the medical community that were recognized as being at least equal to member boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties, such as the American Board of Oral Surgery, the osteopathic boards and the podiatric board. In addition to these boards, the American Medical Association has confirmed that there are appoximately 100 certifying boards in the United States that are not ABMS boards.

The American Board of General Practice was incorporated as a non-profit corporation and was subsequently granted 501(c)(6) non-profit status by the United States Internal Revenue Service. Also, within several years, the United States office of Patents and Trademarks granted the American Board of General Practice a federal trademark registration for the words "American Board of General Practice".

At various official meetings of the members of the American Academy of General Physicians, which is a 501(c)(6) non-profit professional society of physicians, mostly general practitioners, the members officially recognized and accredited the American Board of General Practice as THE board that certifies excellence in the general practice of medicine.

Shortly after the organization of the American College of General Medicine, which is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization, the American College of General Medicine developed the General Practice Training Program. The American College of General Medicine developed this program, in accordance with the "Body of Knowledge" which was adopted and approved by the members of the American Academy of General Physicians, which adoption and approval occurred at the 1998 Board Certification Planning Conference of the American Academy of General Physicians that was held in Dallas Texas.

The American Board of General Practice adopted the General Practice Training Program of the American College of General Medicine, as the required program for those physicians, who are pursuing board certification under the Standard Primary Pathway of the American Board of General Practice. The General Practice Training Program is not required for those physicians, who are pursuing board certification under the Previous Experience Pathway.

The website of the American Board of General Practice is www.abgp-board.org. The website utilizes the acronym of the American Board of General Practice, which is abgp ("A"merican "B"oard of "G"eneral "P"ractice - "BOARD").

For additional information about the American Board of General Practice, the General Practice Movement, the General Practice of Medicine and additional information about General Practice Organizations, go to the following links

Application to the American Board of General Practice Click here for general information about making an application to the American Board of General Practice.

The American Board of General Practice and the meaning of Board Certification Go to this link for important information about what is the meaning of Board Certification that is granted by the American Board of General Practice.

American Board of General Practice Board Eligible Status Additional Information Pertaining to the Board Eligible Status of the American Board of General Practice can be obtained on this website.

Important Opinions of the General Members of the American Academy of General Physicians The authoritative basis for the existence and activities of the American Board of General Practice is found in the Opinions of the General Members of the American Academy of General Physicians. Click here to get the details of the Opinions of the General Members of the American Academy of General Physicians.

An Academy for General Physicians accepting applications Click here for information about an Academy of General Physicians that is accepting applications.

Information about Board Certification in General Practice General Practice Board Certification information can be obtained by clicking here.

General Information about the General Practice Training Program Click here to learn about the General Practice Training Program which is provided by the American College of General Medicine.

Information about the History of the American Board of General Practice For information about the History of the American Board of General Practice, click here.

A Board for General Practice that certifies competency Click here for information about a Board of General Practice that certifies competency in the practice of general medicine.

More Information about the Meetings of the American Academy of General Physicians At the Meetings of the American Academy of General Physicians, many important reports are presented to the Members of the American Academy of General Physicians. The Annual Financial Report is one of the important reports presented to the Members of the American Academy of General Physicians. More can be learned at this website.

General Practice's History in the United States To learn about the role of general practice in the history of the United States, click here.

American College of General Medicine To go to the website of the American College of General Medicin, click here. The American College of General Medicine provides the General Practice Training Program.

The Beginnings of General Practice Began Click here for more information about how General Practice began.

A College for General Medicine for Research Click here for information about a research organization in which general practice physicians may participate.

The Previous Experience Pathway that leads to Board Certification by the American Board of General Practice If you would like to learn more about the Previous Experience Pathway of the American Board of General Practice, then go to this internet site.

Recognition of the American Board of General Practice Click here to learn about the recognition of the American Board of General Practice.

American Board of General Practice To go to the website of the American Board of General Practice, click here.

American Academy of General Physicians For the website of the American Academy of General Physicians, click here.

General Practice of Medicine Information Click here for information about the General Practice of Medicine.

The Beginning of the American Academy of General Physicians The American Academy of General Physicians is a 501(c)(6) Non-Profit Professional Association of General Practice Physicians. By clicking here, information about the Beginning of the American Academy of General Physicians can be obtained.

American Academy of General Physicians and its Membership Any person, who is interested in the membership of the American Academy of General Physicians, should go to this website.

The Standard Primary Pathway that leads to Board Certification by the American Board of General Practice To learn about the Standard Primary Pathway that leads to Board Certification by the American Board of General Practice, click here.

General Information about General Practice Physicians Click here to learn more about General Practice Physicians.