Community Guidelines

DOES BOARD CERTIFICATION MATTER?

(The short answer is yes)

Board certification is known as the “Gold Standard” in medicine and is not achieved by all physicians. All physicians must complete medical school, internship, residency, and some additional medical education and then pass a general exam to be licensed by their individual state of practice. Some physicians choose to go above and beyond what is the mandatory minium and become Board Certified. Board certification is an added credential that a physician can achieve to demonstrate they have achieved a higher level of expertise in a specific area of medicine such as dermatology, pediatrics, cardiology, plastic surgery, etc.

Ultimately, board certification is the symbol that a physician has undergone the additional training needed within their medical specialty, proven a higher level of expertise, and therefore are thought to be better qualified to practice in that specialty compared to a non-certified physician.

Some boards also require physicians to complete even more fellowship training, during which they train full-time in their medical specialty for an additional year or longer to gain the necessary experience.

24 The Medical Boards offer board-certification in over 45 specialties and 105 subspecialties.

Achieving board certification requires rigorous additional training and assessment standards. It is one of the most important criteria for you to pursue when choosing your physician in addition to visiting physicians’ websites and checking out their reviews.

Even if a physician has been recommended by a friend, always do a little “comparison shopping” before you make your decision.

BoardCertified.com was designed to help patients more easily 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 eligability by our staff before they can post their profile.

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