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What is board certification?

Patients say board certified doctors are key to expert care.

Board certified doctors meet nationally recognized standards to demonstrate expertise in their specialty — whether it’s dermatology, pediatrics, surgery or any one of the more than 120 other medical specialties and subspecialties.

After graduating from medical school, doctors who want to treat patients must complete a short internship and some additional medical education, and then pass a general exam to be licensed by the state where they intend to practice.

Many doctors, however, choose to become board certified in one or more specialties. This requires further, extensive, specialty-specific training and passing an exam that includes questions specific to their medical specialty.

Board certified doctors are:

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