Board Certification Matters
CREATING CONFIDENCE, BUILDING TRUST.
Are All Doctors Board Certified? NO……….. Top10MD’s are!
Board Certification is a voluntary process that goes above and beyond medical licensing requirements – it’s a commitment by the doctor to expand their knowledge in a medical specialty.
In the United States, any person graduating from medical school receives the right to put MD – Medical Doctor, DO – Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, DDS. – Doctor of Dental Surgery, DMD. – Doctor of Medical Dentistry after their name. This designation does not give doctors the right to practice medicine.
The doctor must then take a state licensing examination to practice medicine. It’s good also to know that each state in the union establishes their criteria for testing and licensing. All states require doctors to take at least one year of postgraduate training following medical school before sitting for the exam to become licensed to practice medicine in that particular state. This is called a residency, a postgraduate program lasting 3-5 years or longer depending on sub-specialty.
Passing the state licensing exam does not make a doctor “Board Certified,” or indicate how much knowledge, skill or experience a doctor has. A doctor that states they are “Board Eligible” mean the doctor has completed the residency in a specialty or subspecialty but has not passed the Board Certification test, either because he has not sat for the test or he has yet to pass it. Medical Doctors in the United States volunteer to become Medical Specialty Certified. These doctors have gone the extra mile to receive further education and expertise in a particular specialty and/or subspecialty.
Once a doctor completes a full residency program and takes the board certification test and passes, only then they can state they are “Board Certified” in the specialty or subspecialty of their residency. On another note; a doctor may become “Board Certified” in more than one specialty or subspecialty.
The American Board of Medical Specialties that governs medical specialties since 1933 has a rule that forbids doctors from claiming to be “Board Eligible” for their entire careers.
Today, more than ever it’s imperative to check your doctor’s credentials. Top10MD’s independent third-party Credentialist performs this for you- yearly!
Independent Third-Party Credentialing – Performed Annually