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What does Board Certified Mean for Doctors?

The term “board certified physician” is thrown around in commercials and medical ads freely. It provides the impression that the doctor is official and trustworthy, and rightly so. Board certification with the American Board of Medical Specialties signifies a doctor’s voluntary choice to demonstrate their expertise in their trade and the promise to deliver the highest quality care to their patients.
All doctors are required to be licensed to practice medicine. Basic medical licensure is the corner stone of every medical professional in order to find and keep work. Physicians, though, choose to be Board Certified in a specific medical specialty. Many urgent care physicians are Board Certified in family medicine.

What does a doctor have to do to be Board Certified?

The American Board of Medical Specialties lists the steps for a physician to choose to become board certified:
1. Bachelor’s Degree
2. Medical School
3. Residency to train for specialty
4. Licensure
5. Pass a written or oral test for Certification
6. Fellowship to study a sub-speciality
7. Certification in sub-specialty
8. Maintenance

Board Certification is not a one-time certification. It requires continuing education for ensure that the physician stays on top of medical trends and breakthroughs.

References
American Board of Medical Specialties. (2012). Board Certification: the Process. Retrieved on April 30, 2014 from http://www.abms.org/Who_We_Help/Physicians/process.aspx.

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