Is your doctor board certified?

When I first started working for a doctor, I was as naive as they come. I didn’t know why the newly graduated physician was stressing about not being board certified. I assured him that many people go to specialists because they referred from the hospital or their main doctor and to not be concerned. It took two years in practice after residency to be eligible anyway.

Well, board certification may not be in the forefront of your mind when you are in pain or the first thing you ask in the ER but guess what? They – You – Me – should be thinking about it and asking.

I have come to learn that there are things you should know about your specialist before walking in the door! Here they are:

1) Is he or she board certified? What does this mean? The American Board of Medical Specialities says that "Board certification—and the Gold Star—demonstrate a physician’s exceptional expertise in a particular specialty and/or subspecialty of medical practice." Continued board certification means the physician is committed to keeping up with the latest advances in technology and continuing the learning process throughout his or her practice.

2) Verify that his/her certification is current and correct: Click here to get resources, phone numbers and online helps for verifying this fact. It only takes a minute and if you get the answer that he or she is not current, a major red flag should go up in your brain about this doctor. Do realize that new graduates have just been informed of the more recent technologies and should not be penalized by a lack of certification, which as stated before, does require at least 2 years in business to complete. However the doctor should have at least passed the boards and be "board eligible" to be your first choice. Doctors are allowed to practice without either but when it’s you and your body? You tell me who you want working on you (or inside you)?

3) What is your doctor’s reputation? Google your doctor or call the Better Business Bureau. Ask your friends and neighbors for recommendations. Sometimes word of mouth can be the biggest tool in your arsenal. There are so many good doctors out there. Don’t get caught with one that isn’t looking out for you!

Finally, you bite the bullet and take the plunge. Make sure to listen closely, question, and take notes. Ask to see test results and X-rays. A good doctor won’t mind. Remember, ultimately it is YOUR health and YOUR body. You have to stay informed about what is going on because you are only one patient to even the most caring doctor but you are the only you, you have!

Comments

  1. Hello there Sarah, (it’s me, carol from CBS study)
    I have come to comment on your site…yippeee, you’ve got mail! I love to get mail on here don’t you?
    I have been busy and when not busy, feeling a bit under the weather this weekend. I wanted to comment on what the craft “swaps” are all about that I have taken part in…one word
    ADDICTING!!!!
    I have done 3 so far..you will notice them on some sites…they will talk about it and usually always post a little banner on their side bar stating…ex: “Easter Basked Swap” and mention who it is for. Someone will host one and then you sign up, usually by email. The instruction are then posted on the site of the hostess as to what to do/make, rules/deadlines… Many are posting “swap closed” signs due to the high number of women now participating.
    Most swaps you get paired w/one partner and exchange info. if necessary (address/likes,etc) And, the swaps I have been are for making crafts, etc. There is an easter basket swap going on, if they do not have too many by now. Visit my site to find out more, leave me a comment and I will get back to you!

    have a great day!
    hugs/carol

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