Board Certification is the process by which a physician in the United States documents by written, practical and/or simulator based testing, illustrating a mastery of knowledge and skills that define a particular area of medical specialization. The commonly used acronym 'BE/BC' (board eligible/ board certified) refers to a physician who is certified to practice medicine in a particular field.

Medical specialty certification in the United States is a voluntary process. While medical licensure sets the minimum competency requirements to diagnose and treat patients, it is not specialty specific. Board certification demonstrate a physician’s exceptional expertise in a particular specialty and/or sub-specialty of medical practice.

Patients, physicians, health care providers, insurers and quality organizations look for the Gold Star as the best measure of a physician’s knowledge, experience and skills to provide quality health care within a given specialty.


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