What is a board certification?
Once a doctor has completed medical school, internship and residency with some additional medical education for their specialty and have passed their general exam to be a licensed physician, they may choose to become board certified in one or more specialties. This requires further, extensive specialty-specific training.
What is the difference between medical licensure and board certification?
All obstetricians and gynecologists are required to have a state medical license in the state they are practicing in. If a doctor chooses to take the extra step to become board certified, they must study and receive additional specialty-specific training and pass a rigorous exam to attain board certification. Once the physician become board certified, they must maintain continuous medical education hours on order to continue to hold the board-certified title demonstrating their commitment to higher quality care.
Why does choosing a board certified obstetrician & gynecologist matter?
When you choose a board certified obstetrician and gynecologist, you can be confident knowing she is skilled, knowledgeable and an expert in the field of obstetrics and gynecology. The physician has met a highest standards to be a leader in their profession and delivery high quality care to their patients.
Why would someone not be board certified? What is the difference between board eligible and board certified?
Board certification is not required to be a competent doctor. A physician who has completed medical school, their residency in a specialty or subspecialty, and is qualified to take the board certification test, but has not taken it or has not passed it, is considered board eligible. Physicians can be board eligible for years without ever passing the exam. Board certified in as physician who has completed all aspects of board certification, has passed the exam, proving their expertise and maintaining education to stay and practice up-to-date medicine.