Plastic Surgery

About Plastic Surgery Board Certification


What is Board Certification?


First of all, board certification is a voluntary achievement. It is a gold standard when researching a physician's credentials. A physician's board certification is supposed to be a clear indicator the physician is qualified to perform within the specific specialty.


The American Board of Medical Specialties oversees the various board certifications for each specialty of medicine. In order for a doctor to be "board eligible," they must have completed the approved training program(s) by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. Upon completion of the required and approved residency training programs, the doctor may sit for the written exam. If they pass the written exam, they continue on to the oral exam. Certification is awarded upon successful completion of both exams.


The American Board of Plastic Surgery is the only recognized plastic surgery board certification by the American Board of Medical Specialties. There are many other board certifications that pertain to cosmetic or plastic surgery but they are obviously not recognized boards for a reason.





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