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Plastic Surgeon Board Certification Explained by Pamela Howard
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 qualify for board certification with the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), 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 a written and oral exam. Certification is awarded upon successful completion of both exams and if they meet particular general and professional requirements.
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: they do not require formal plastic surgery training.
The internet has created an array of phony physician credentials including non-recognized board certifications. Medical licensure is not granted according to speciality, but rather BASIC medical school training. To become a true plastic surgeon, many years of surgical training required after the completion of medical school. These phony board certifications do not require that same surgical training requirements as the American Board of Plastic Surgeons. Also, there are no laws to protect consumer from these rogue "cosmetic cowboys." There are no laws to inhibit non plastic surgeons from performing cosmetic procedures. There are no laws requiring surgeons have legitimate training for the procedures they perform. It is solely up to the consumer to do their research to find a real, board certified plastic surgeon with ABPS certification.
To learn more about Board Certification for Plastic Surgeons, please visit Pamela's website at: theplastictruth.com