Question: Do Physicians Have To Be Board Certified?

Doctors are required to have a state medical license to practice medicine; Board Certification is a higher standard that doctors must choose to attain and maintain.

Board Certified doctors demonstrate their desire to practice at the top of their profession and deliver high-quality care to their patients.

How often does a doctor need to be board certified?

Until the 1980s, most medical specialties granted certification for life; physicians took the exams only once after completing their training. Over time, most of the 24 specialty boards started requiring recertification every 7 or 10 years.

What does board certified mean for a doctor?

For a physician, board certification is a mark of distinction. It indicates the education that he or she has undertaken beyond the minimal standards and competency requirements in a chosen specialty. For leaders of medical institutions, board certification signifies a physician’s achievement.

How do I know if my doctor is board certified?

To Verify a Doctor’s Board Certification

For most boards, begin by looking at either the ABMS Certification Matters site or the ABPS website. You can learn if your doctor is listed and which board he or she is a member of. Access to the doctor’s credentialing information requires you to register and log in.

Can a do be board certified?

Like all physicians in the U.S., Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine, or DOs, are licensed to practice medicine by licensing boards in each state. DOs earn board certification when they achieve expertise in a medical specialty or subspecialty by meeting the requirements of a specialty certifying board.

How long does board certification last?

Depending upon the individual board, all diplomates are recertified for a 6 to 10 year period. The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology offers a voluntary, annual recertification, in addition to the 6-year certificate.

Can doctors retake their boards?

While board certification in one’s field of specialty is not technically required in order to hang out a shingle in the United States—only a state medical license is needed—in practice, a doctor cannot get a decent job without it. Doctors would now have to retake the test every 10 years.