Before a Doctor Checks Your Vitals, Check Out His or Her Credentials
The American Board of Physician Specialties® urges you to research a physician’s credentials before scheduling an appointment. While you are undoubtedly eager to find a new physician and receive the care you need, it is important that you know who, exactly, is going to be treating you, and what experience and background he or she has. While board certification isn’t the only barometer for determining the qualifications of a physician in your area, it is an excellent indicator of the physician’s commitment to their patients and expertise in their specialty.
Choosing a physician is a significant decision. You owe it to yourself and your family to do your due diligence and find a professional with the right credentials. While board certification is not required to practice medicine, it is widely viewed as an important indicator of a physician who has gone above and beyond to demonstrate their mastery of their specialty. For example, while specific eligibility requirements with the American Board of Physician Specialties vary depending on the specialty, our Diplomates are required to, at a minimum:
- Complete a standardized, psychometrically validated written examination
- Meet our rigorous application standards, which include providing letters of recommendation, documented case files, and other similar requirements
- Successfully complete our Code of Ethics training
- Commit to continued education
- Complete the intensive re-certification process to maintain the current status of their board certification
As the nation’s third largest nationally recognized board certifying body for physicians, we are committed to helping patients across North America find the most qualified, talented, and experienced physicians in their area. Our Diplomates are well regarded for being leaders in their field and have the opportunity to further their training and utilize an extensive network of fellow board certified physicians throughout the community.
To research the credentials of physicians in your area, click here and take advantage of our free online certification confirmation to determine the current status of a physician.