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Board Certification is the process in which a doctor proves they have the basic knowledge and skills required for their specialty/sub-specialty through written, practical or simulator-based training. The process is optional but hospitals would prefer to employ a doctor who is board certified.[1]

The process is taken at the completion of a residency or fellowship. The certifying agency is the American Board of Medical Specialties and their member boards. It is possible for doctors to be double-board certified for specialties.

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Member Boards Edit

Member Boards refers to the independent non profit organisations that are part of the American Board of Medical Specialties, who certify doctors for their respective specialty/sub specialty.

  • American Board of Dermatology - doctor needs to be in completion of dermatology residency
  • American Board of Neurological Surgery - doctor needs to be in completion of neurosurgery residency
  • American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology - doctor needs to be in completion of OB/GYN residency, then train in optional sub-specialties, the Maternal-Fetal Medicine or Reproductive Endocrinology fellowship to be board certified in that sub-specialty
  • American Board of Orthopedic Surgery - doctor needs to be in completion of orthopedic surgery residency, then train in optional sub-specialty, the orthopedic sports medicine fellowship to be board certified in that sub-specialty
  • American Board of Otolaryngology - doctor needs to be in completion of ENT residency
  • American Board of Pathology - doctor needs to be in completion of pathology residency
  • American Board of Pediatrics - doctor needs to be in completion of pediatric residency, then train in optional sub-specialty, neonatal-perinatal medicine fellowship to be board certified in that sub-specialty
  • American Board of Plastic Surgery - doctor needs to be in completion of a plastic surgery fellowship
  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology - doctor needs to be in completion of psychiatry or neurology residency
  • American Board of Surgery - doctor needs to be in completion of a surgical residency, then for their sub-specialty fellowship in either pediatric surgery, surgical critical care surgery or surgical oncology
  • American Board of Thoracic Surgery - doctor needs to be in completion of a surgical residency, then complete cardiothoracic surgery residency or fellowship
  • American Board of Urology - doctor needs to be in completion of a urology residency, then complete urology surgery residency or fellowship 

Board Certified Doctors Edit


Mistakes Edit

  • Grey's Anatomy has stated that Addison Forbes Montgomery is board certified in Neonatal Surgery. In reality, the sub-specialty is not a subject that can be board-certified.

References Edit

  1. Wikipedia