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What Does Board Certified Mean for Plastic Surgeons?

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American Board of Plastic Surgery CertifiedPatients who choose to pursue care under a board certified plastic surgeon can have confidence that they have selected a physician that the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Inc. ensures has graduated from an accredited medical school and has completed at least 5 years worth of training as a resident surgeon in a program accredited by either the Accreditation Council for Medical Education or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Accredited physicians must also have spent at least two of their 5 years of residency concentrating entirely on plastic surgery. After this they must pass both comprehensive written and oral exams. It’s a rigorous process, and certification must be maintained as well over time.

Why is this important? Because patients who put their bodies in the hands of physicians deserve to know that those physicians are highly trained and held to a high standard of both education and experience. Choosing a surgeon carefully is important, not only from a health and safety perspective, but because this is the person you will communicate with about your body and your concerns, and you need to have trust and confidence in his abilities and character.

It is not only patients who concern themselves with certification. Hospitals and health care facilities as well as insurance companies, lawyers, and research organizations also do their research and make decisions based on a physician’s board certification status.

Why is the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Inc. different from other plastic surgery (or cosmetic surgery) boards? Because it is one of 24 specialty boards recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) - the only ABMS board which certifies in the specialty of plastic surgery. While the general public uses the terms “plastic surgery” and “cosmetic surgery” interchangeably, the ABMS does not recognize cosmetic surgery as a specialty. A variety of other practitioners, including family doctors, dermatologists, and oral surgeons will use the term “cosmetic surgery” to piggyback on the work of board certified plastic surgeons and gain patients. Again, these patients deserve to know the full extent of a surgeon’s training and experience during their selection process, and board certification is a critical component in ensuring that they are able to.

Both Dr. Bancroft and Dr. Feldman are board certified plastic surgeons, with all of the education and training that entails, and they consider patient-doctor communication to be a critical part of providing excellent service and care. If you would like to consult with a board certified plastic surgeon in Houston about what your possibilities are for body enhancement, please contact Bancroft Feldman today.

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