Why Having A Board Certified Doctor Matters

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There has been much said recently about competent plastic surgery, with numerous television programs devoted to topics such as “botched” plastic surgeries and numerous Internet articles discussing a “10 Best” list for whatever the latest  surgical miracle is available. Just as being competent is important (because neither doctor nor patient wants to experience a surgery gone wrong), it should also be every doctor’s priority to be a true patient advocate. Medical specialty certification, also known as board certification, is one way to display that level of care.

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When a person completes his or her medical school curriculum, they are required to pass an examination that allows them to request a medical license from whichever state they would like to practice. There are two paths that a student can take to become a physician: they can obtain their M.D. (Medical Doctor) or their D.O. (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine) degree.