Board Certification: What Does it Mean?

Board certification is the best measure of a physician’s knowledge, experience and skill according to the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABNS). To receive the “gold star” of board certification, a physician must undergo:
  • Rigorous testing
  • Peer evaluation
  • Continuing education 
Board certified physicians are dedicated to lifelong learning and high standards of care.
 
Not all doctors are board certified
A common misconception is that all licensed doctors are board certified. While all physicians must be licensed by the state to practice medicine, physicians are not required by law to be board-certified. 
 
Board-certification is a voluntary process. In addition to graduating from an accredited medical school, finishing residency training and passing an oral and written exam, board-certified physicians participate in continuing education so they keep abreast of current medical technologies and the latest advances in healthcare.
 
Find out if your doctor is board certified
The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) is a non-profit organization that oversees the board-certification process of physicians. Physicians with a degree in osteopathic medicine (Doctors of Osteopathy) may be board-certified by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) or the ABMS.
 
To determine if a physician is board-certified by the ABMS visit www.abms.org or call toll-free (866) ASK-ABMS. Patients who would like to check the certification status of a D.O.can contact the AOA Member Service Center at (800) 621-1773.

 

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