Directory listing improved for 2017

Primary Specialty, Secondary Specialty, and Others listed

In order to promote all physicians being highly educated, knowledgeable professionals who function at the highest level of education and training, we have altered the way we publicize, store, and assign specialty. Specialty information is now listed in three tiers: primary specialty, secondary specialty, and other specialties. 


Primary specialty is assigned to you by staff based on your board certification and board eligibility. The list of primary specialties is those recognized by participating American Board of Medical Specialties and American Osteopathic Association certifying boards. Self-designation of primary specialty is no longer accepted by the medical society. Primary Specialty serves as the primary classification of your area of practice. In the event that more than one primary specialty is possible, the highest earned is included as primary specialty provided that it is included on the primary specialty list. View list of primary specialties here.


Your secondary specialty is selected by you from an established list. This list includes American Council of Graduate Medical Education accredited training programs as well as emerging specialties who do not yet have a recognized certifying board. Identifying a secondary specialty is optional.  


The “other specialties” field is an area in which you can enter additional information regarding your specialty, training you received, areas of focus in your practice and specialization information not already included under primary and secondary specialty.


Primary and secondary specialty will be published in the printed Directory. The first fifty-four characters in other specialties will also appear in the printed Directory. Because of this, you must list key information first. Our staff will ensure clarity and proper presentation in how this information is truncated for print. The complete other specialty information is available on the website Directory.


Adopting this policy of equating primary specialty with level of training gives our members the tools to enforce a degree of professionalism in our public-facing documents, and recognizes these accomplishments professionally (to collegues and the public) and personally (to themselves). Allowing self-designated specialty was especially problematic as we open up membership to other members of the healthcare team as approved by the bylaws change in September 2016. Specialty designation based on training and board certification permits us to differentiate between Family Medicine specialists who have spent one or more years in training beyond their degree and those who have earned a degree only.


We also give ourselves the gift of better analysis of our physician population through improved tracking of specialty as a demographic. This policy makes us proactive to the inevitable explosion of available specialty care available locally as we grow as a medical community. Establishing these major categories now keeps our data consistant. The only future modifications we’ll make to primary specialty categories is as new specialty and subspecialty board certifications are recognized.