(The short answer is yes)

Board-certification is known as the “Gold Standard” and is not achieved by all physicians All doctors must complete an internship, residency, and some additional medical education and then pass a general exam to be licensed by their state. Some physicians choose to go above and beyond what is mandatory. Board certification is an added credential that a doctor can achieve to demonstrate they have achieved a high level of expertise in a specific area of medicine: dermatology, pediatrics, OBGYN, plastic surgery, etc. Board certification is optional, and doctors can choose from different boards for their specialty certification.

Ultimately, board certification is a symbol that a doctor has undergone additional training in their area of specialty, proven a high level of expertise in that specialty, and are therefore thought to be better qualified to practice in that specialty compared to a non-certified doctor.

Some boards also require doctors to complete additional fellowship training, during which they train full-time in their specialty for another year or longer to gain necessary experience.

24 Member Boards offer board-certification in 40 specialties and 88 subspecialties.

Achieving board certification requires rigorous training and assessment standards. It is one important criteria for you to pursue in addition to visiting doctors’ websites and checking out their reviews.

Even if a physician has been recommended by a friend, do a little “comparison shopping” before you make your decision. was designed to help patients find the best of the best. We saw the need to help give you some real points of difference as you conduct your search. Important to know that every doctor who becomes a Member of our database has been individually validated for board-certification by our staff before they can post their profile.


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