What do you look for when you’re choosing a medical or dental provider? Education? Training? Board certifications?
If asked on a whim, would you know if your providers are, in fact, board certified?
Is board certification an important factor when you’re choosing providers? Because it should be!
Indication of Quality
A recently published article in The Post and Courier reported that a South Carolina surgeon of emergency medicine had allowed his board certification to lapse back in 2008, but still claimed, through television ads and the company’s website, that he was certified through the American Board of Medical Specialties.
Holding a board certification is not mandatory, but experts say it is considered an indication of quality. Anyone who’s board certified in a specialty field must pay fees to an accrediting board, and take routine exams.
According to Lesia Kudelka, a spokeswoman for the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, “If a licensee isn’t board certified through ABMS (American Board of Medical Specialties) or another organization recognized by the S.C. Board of Medical Examiners, the licensee cannot hold himself/herself out to be certified.”
Times change, technology improves, and treatments that worked years ago evolve into better ones, thanks to the hours of continuing education that doctors and dentists participate in.
The Importance Lies in the Commitment!
Providers who have taken the extra steps to become board certified stand out among the top-quality care providers in the country. It shows a level of commitment and willingness to go the extra mile when it comes to the care of their patients.
Wouldn’t you want your family’s care in the hands of those who go above and beyond to prove their skill set?
I know I would!
The Busy Mom