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What exactly does it mean to be a board-certified surgeon?

Why is it that board-certified physicians/surgeons are held to a higher standard than others? What exactly does it mean to be board-certified? Just more certificates from exams? How does one become board-certified? boardcertified surgeon physician doctor certified

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Estelle’s Answer

These are great answers, I would like to add that being board certified shows that the physician took the extra step , worked that much harder, and took passed a rigorous testing regimen to become board certified. It is important credentialing information for that reason. In obstetrics and gynecology, oral boards are also required. The physician must collect a case list and sit before a panel of examiners to answer questions about the practice of medicine.
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Erwin’s Answer

All surgeons are held to the same standards, Being board certified does not hold you to a higher standard. Board certification is a added distinction that one attains after completing their residency. It is offered by the ABMS ( American Board of Medical Specialties ). You can become board certified in any specialty of medicine. American Board of Surgery ( ABS ) is the specific board entity for surgeons. Basically, it involves taking a test to confirm your knowledge in the field. It's origins were initially meant to certify experts in the fields of medicine. It has become a tool for hospitals to compete by saying that they have more board certified doctors and are therefore better. Bottom line is if you wish to practice in the US, you will have to be board certified. This may change because there are a few law suits questioning the boards dominance in this matter. Hope this helps.

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Wendy’s Answer

Board certified is exactly that -a surgeon that has taken the board examination in the US. The board examination is a test surgical knowledge

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