Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Board Certified - Make Sure the Board is Recognized by the ABMS
Board certification is an important part of a doctor's credentials. The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) is the only recognized organization in designating which boards are legitimate and meet rigorous criteria for their members. Any doctor can advertise as being "board certified" - without being recognized by a legitimate board designated by The American Board of Medical Specialties. A doctor can take a course or undergo abbreviated training and be issued a piece of paper stating they are "board certified"- this means absolutely nothing and is misleading to the public. More states should enact legislation to protect patients from misleading advertising of credentials. Unfortunately, the attorneys and lobbyists many times prevent good legislation.
The American Board of Plastic Surgery is the only board recognized by the ABMS in certifying Plastic Surgeons.