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, 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.
To learn more about Board Certification for Plastic Surgeons, please visit Pamela's website at: theplastictruth.com
Did you know that any licensed medical doctor can claim to be a “cosmetic” or “plastic” surgeon regardless of their training? Yes, it is true and it is legal! Plastic Surgeons are highly trained for their specialty just as neurosurgeons are trained for their specialty. State medical licensure is not granted according to specialty but merely the primary medical license upon completion of general medical school. If a physician wishes to continue their medical training to become a specialist, they continue on for surgical residencies usually followed by a fellowship (like an internship). Read More . . .
Dr. Paul Howard is Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He completed his plastic surgery residency under Dr. Ralph Millard at the University of Miami.