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Accessing "Is Your Doctor Board Certified"

Q: How can I access the “Is Your Doctor Board Certified” feature?
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You can log onto the service by clicking the ”Search Now”  link on www.certificationmatters.org.

Q: Am I limited to the number of searches?
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There is no limit to the number of searches you can perform.

Q: What is the maximum number of results returned from a search?
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Physician Search Results are provided as a list of names based on the criteria you provide, and will be limited to the 200 records that match your criteria.

System Requirements

Q: What web browsers are supported?
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We recommend that you use Internet Explorer Version 7 or above, Firefox Version 3 and above, and Safari version 4 and above. 

Q: Why do I need to enable javascript in my browser?
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There are several key features on this site that will not operate properly without having javascript enabled with your browser. If you are using this site to perform physician searches, you will need javascript enabled to use the search feature.

Q:  How do I enable javascript in Internet Explorer 7.0 or higher?
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  To enable JavaScript in Internet Explorer,        

  1. From Tools menu, click Internet Options. 
  2. From the Internet Options, click Security tab.
  3. From Security tab, select internet icon and click Custom level button.
  4. Scroll to Scripting option, select Enable option under Active Scripting option.
  5. Click Ok.
  6. Click Ok.
  7. Close the browser completely and restart the browser.

Searching for a Physician

Q: How do I conduct a search?
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  You may Search by any combination of search criteria. There are no required fields for searching, though search must be  performed by at least one criteria. More information you are able to provide, the better your search results will be. Physician Search Results are provided as a list of names based on the criteria you provide, and will be limited to the first 200 records that match your criteria. Physician report is viewed by clicking on a specific physician’s name within the Physician Search Results list. 

If you do not see your desired physician’s name revise your criteria or completely change your criteria to receive different results. To learn about specific specialties and subspecialties, click herePhysicians may voluntarily elect to not provide any information. If you enter information for searches using this service, physicians making such an election will not appear in any physician search results lists.

Q: A specific physician I am researching does not appear in the Results List. Why is that?
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If you do not see your desired physician’s name, revise your criteria or completely change your criteria to receive different results. Physicians may voluntarily elect to not provide any information. If you enter information for searches using this service, physicians making such an election will not appear in any physician search results lists.

Q: How do I view a physician report?
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To see a specific report, click on a specific physician’s name in the Physician Search Results List.

Configuration Settings

Q: I am unable to connect to certain portions of the website.  How can I fix that?
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The use of a Pop-up Blocker may be restricting your access to some information on this website. You may need to allow Pop-ups in order to view certain information.

User Profiles

Q: How do I change my e-mail address or password?
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The "My Profile" link in the search panel is accessible when you are successfully logged into the “Is Your Doctor Certified?” feature. It allows you to self-manage your user account information including e-mail, password and e-mail notification setting.

Q: I forgot my password, how do I recover it?
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If you forgot your password, click "Forgot your password" on the Login page. When prompted, enter the e-mail address you used to register for this service and click "Reset Password." Upon reseting your password, you should receive an e-mail containing a temporary password and will see a change password screen. On the change password screen, re-enter the temporary password sent in an e-mail, enter your new password and click "change password."

Security

Q:  Why am I not asked to login each time?
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  Checking the "Remember Me" box on the login screen keeps you logged in for 90 days or until you sign out. It applies only to the computer you use to conduct a search. However, you will be required to enter your email address and password to change any user account information including email, password, and e-mail notification setting. 

Q:  What are cookies and how is it used to keep me logged in?
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Websites use cookies to offer a personalized experience to users and to gather information about website use. Encrypted cookies are used to skip having to sign in every time you visit the website. Please note that passwords are not stored in an encrypted cookie.

Q:  Why am I being asked to confirm the Terms of Use again?
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   ABMS has updated the “Is Your Doctor Certified” search feature. In accordance with these changes, all existing users are being asked to reconfirm acceptance of the Terms of Use the first time the search engine is accessed. When reconfirming the Terms of Use, you will also be provided with an option to receive periodic e-mail communications about ABMS news as it relates to you as a consumer. 

Q: How does Is Your Doctor Certified keep physician certification information secure?
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Every precaution is taken to protect physician certification information. Information is stored in the ABMS database and is protected by firewalls and monitored 24/7 by security engineers. To access this information, a unique user ID and password must be provided. Other security features include:

  • Secure Sockets Layer protocol is used whenever data is transmitted, ensuring that your connection and information are secure.
  • 128-bit encryption of this data makes your information undecipherable as it passes over the Internet.
  • The system will automatically log out if you are inactive in the application for extended period of time.

Q: Is it important that I keep my password confidential?
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Yes. Please do not share your password with anyone.

Q: Why should I check "Keep Me Informed"?
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We'd like to send you occasional educational e-mails about why certification matters. We will never sell or share your e-mail address with anyone.