A Current Look at Why Certification Matters

A Current Look at Why Certification Matters

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On the Air (Television and Radio) >
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On the Air (Television and Radio)

ABMS Featured on the Rachael Ray Show >
Date: 04/20/2011
Rachael Ray talks to the show’s frequent medical contributor Anthony Youn, MD, about how to look for a doctor. ABMS is referred to as “the gold standard of physician certifying Boards,” its logo was displayed on the screen and the show’s website links to CertificationMatters.org. This segment was aired on April 20, 2011.

Today's Health: What Your Doctor Isn't Telling You >
Date: 01/17/2008
NBC News Chief Medical Editor, Dr. Nancy Snyderman, appeared on the Today Show (01/17/08) and spoke about the importance of choosing a physician with Board Certification from a Member Board of the American Board of Medical Specialties. This segment was aired on January 17, 2008.

ABMS Featured on the Today Show >
Date: 07/12/2006
The "Today" show's Ann Curry talks to John Connolly, publisher of "America's Top Doctors," about how to shop for a top physician. ABMS is recommended as a source for information about a physician's board certification. This segment was aired on July 12, 2006.

As Seen in the Media (Online and Print)

WSJ: A Way To Gauge What Your Doctor Knows (or Doesn’t)

The Health Care Blog >
Why Maintenance of Certification Will Make You a Better Doctor

Lack of training can be deadly in cosmetic surgery
This story focuses heavily on cosmetic surgery, but stresses that patients should find a doctor who is Board Certified in the specialty for which they are seeking treatment. There are four paragraphs dedicated to ABMS explaining Board Certification and its value to patients, and it is noted that there are 24 ABMS Member Boards to cover all the areas of medicine.

What to ask when picking a plastic or cosmetic surgeon
This sidebar to the above article leads with checking to see if your doctor is Board Certified by an ABMS Member Board and directs readers to CertificationMatters.org.

U.S. News & World Report >
How to Find the Right Doctor
This article offers tips for consumers on how to choose a primary care doctor or specialist. The article mentions ABMS and includes information on the importance of Board Certification, as well as checking a doctor’s Board Certification status at CertificationMatters.org.

New York Magazine >
Is My Doctor Right For Me?
This article, featured in New York's Best Doctors issue, gives tips for consumers to assess their relationship with their physician. The article directs consumers to ABMS and its website to find out if their primary care physicians may be Board Certified in other specialized fields such as neurology or cardiology.

Insure.com/Fox Business News >
Is Your Doctor a Dud?
This article suggests that consumers consult a variety of resources to find a trustworthy doctor. Board Certification and CertificationMatters.org are first on a list of seven suggested resources for consumers.

Yahoo Day in Health Blog >
Are You Sure Your Pediatrician is Board Certified?
This blog article for parents about the importance of checking the Board Certification status of pediatricians includes an interview with Dr. Kevin Weiss, ABMS President and CEO, and highlights information from the ABMS 2010 Consumer Survey and CertificationMatters.org.

OzBlog—Official blog of The Dr. Oz Show >
How Do You Know If an Expert is Really an Expert?
This blog post gives consumers tips to have an understanding and knowledge about physician qualifications and gives thorough explanations about the following terms: Doctor, MD, Licensed, Board Certification and University Affiliations. It refers to ABMS as the medical organization that oversees physician certification and advises patients to check with ABMS on a physician's Board Certification status.

SELF Magazine >
The True Price of Cheap Cosmetic Surgery
ABMS is included in a sidebar to this article about the dangers of cheap cosmetic surgery.

Family Circle >
17% of Pediatricians Aren’t Board Certified
Includes information from ABMS on the importance of pediatricians being Board Certified.

Forbes >
Smart Patient Tip: Patronize Only Board Certified Dermatologists
This article emphasizes the importance of choosing only Board Certified dermatologists for skin care and to consult ABMS for a listing of Board Certified physicians.

O, The Oprah Magazine >
6 Questions to Ask Before an Office-Based Surgery
A sidebar in this feature article includes six questions that patients should ask before a procedure. One of the questions about physician qualifications is to determine whether he or she is Board Certified by an ABMS Member Board.

Las Vegas Review-Journal >
Plastic Surgery Patients Urged to Find Doctors Board Certified
This article is about the importance of consumers seeking out surgeons who are Board Certified by a Member Board of ABMS when considering cosmetic surgery.

Los Angeles Times >
Find a Reputable Plastic Surgeon
This article offers tips to consumers looking for a reputable plastic surgeon and cites Board Certification from the American Board of Plastic Surgery as a way to ensure that a surgeon has met the necessary requirements.

The New York Times >
A Face From an Infomercial
Offers advice for those considering face-lifts, which includes checking whether a surgeon is Board Certified by an ABMS Member Board.

ABMS Study on Effective Doctor-Patient Communication Featured on ABC.com > 
Paging Dr. Friendly
The Research and Education Foundation of ABMS funded a study of effective doctor-patient communications as part of its 24 Member Boards Maintenance of Certification initiative to assure that doctors continually sharpen their skills and knowledge of their specialty. The research is published in the latest issue of the journal Archives of Internal Medicine by Gregory Makoul and his colleagues at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

The Boston Globe >
Looking for Dr. Right
This article mentions that one of the most useful ways to find out if a physician is qualified is if he or she is Board Certified by an ABMS Member Board.

Columbus Dispatch >
Insurers, Hospitals Push Doctors' Recertification
This article is about the importance of recertification for physicians and their patients. It cites the American Board of Family Medicine's strict recertification requirements and directs readers to check a doctor's Board Certification status with ABMS.

Huffington Post >
Is Your Doctor Qualified to Treat You?
This article explains what Board Certification means and why it's important for patients to check that a doctor is Board Certified in his or her specialty. The article cites ABMS as a source for which to find a doctor’s Board Certification status.

ABMS News Releases

JCEHP Supplement Shares Research on Physician Assessment
Date: 01/16/2014
Lifelong learning and assessment are explored in depth in the latest issue of the Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions (JCEHP, December 2013 Supplement). The supplement includes a number of articles and editorials examining the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) Maintenance of Certification® (ABMS MOC®) process, raising questions about programs for MOC, offering opportunities for improvement and further study and detailing the philosophy and evidence behind certification requirements to date. A link to the JCEHP Supplement has been placed at the end of this press release.

ABMS Evidence Library™ Launches
Date: 07/18/2013
Patients seek the latest information to make decisions about their health care. So do doctors. Physicians look to the most current research, which they combine with their clinical expertise and the patients’ needs and preferences, to decide the best care.

More Doctors to Publicly Report Maintenance of Certification Status on American Board of Medical Specialties’ Consumer Website >
Date: 09/06/2012
Since its inception, consumers have visited www.CertificationMatters.org to find out if their doctor is Board Certified by a Member Board(s) of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). Now they can visit the same site and find out whether their allergist or ophthalmologist— among a growing number of other medical specialists—is meeting requirements that show their commitment to lifelong learning and ongoing self-evaluation. Eleven ABMS Member Boards have joined seven other Member Boards in reporting publicly whether the doctors they certify are meeting ABMS Maintenance of Certification® (ABMS MOC®) requirements.

ABMS Enhances Website for Consumers to Find Physicians who are Maintaining their Certification Status >
Date: 11/09/2011
Consumers can now visit CertificationMatters.org to find out whether their plastic surgeon, family physician or dermatologist – among other physician specialists – is meeting the American Board of Medical Specialties Maintenance of Certification® (ABMS MOC®) program requirements established by their certifying Board(s).

ABMS Announces Certification in Two New Physician Subspecialties: Clinical Informatics and Brain Injury Medicine >
Date: 10/31/2011
The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), the organization overseeing the certification of physician specialists in the United States, announces the creation of physician certification in two new subspecialties: Clinical Informatics and Brain Injury Medicine.

JAMA Articles Focusing on Medical Education Underscore Value of Board Certification by an ABMS Member Board >
Date: 10/31/2011
Physicians who pass the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination on their first attempt are more likely to be Board Certified by a Member Board of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) compared to those who fail the exam the first time, according to a study published in the Sept. 7, 2011, issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

ABMS Announces Certification in Three New Physician Subspecialties > 
Date: 04/18/2011
The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) announces the creation of physician certification in three new subspecialties: Pediatric Anesthesiology, Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery and Complex General Surgical Oncology.

Certification Matters: Most Americans Want Their Doctors to Participate in Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment  >
Date: 04/14/2011
In a survey commissioned by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), 95 percent of Americans say it’s important to them that their doctors participate in a program to maintain their Board Certification. Nearly half (45 percent) would look for a new doctor if they learned theirs was not participating in such a program, and 41 percent would stop referring family and friends to that doctor.

ABMS Publishes Updated Guide to Medical Specialties >
Date: 03/01/2011
The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) has published a revised ABMS Guide to Medical Specialties. The booklet, last published in 2008, has updated information about ABMS, the Board Certification process and the ABMS Maintenance of Certification® program, which promotes continuous professional development and demonstrates a doctor’s commitment to keeping up-to-date with ongoing advances in his/her specialty.

Finding Out if Your Doctor is Board Certified Just Became Easier with the Launch of a New Patient-Friendly Website, CertificationMatters.org >
Date: 02/25/2011
The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) has launched CertificationMatters.org, a new website designed to make it easier for the public to find out if their doctor is Board Certified by one of ABMS’ 24 Member Boards.

Study Supports Benefit of Certification >
Date: 08/24/2010

A new study on the quality of physician care provides evidence of the benefit of specialty Board Certification and suggests the necessity of continuous professional development programs, such as the American Board of Medical Specialties Maintenance of Certification® (ABMS MOC®) program.