Why exactly is it so important for plastic surgeons to be board certified in plastic surgery? If you’re like most people, you probably assumed that every doctor has to be board certified to practice. Inevitably, that isn’t always the case. In fact, anyone who has a medical license can call himself or herself a surgeon, even without any formal training in plastic surgery.
Major Boards in North America
There are two major boards that can award board certification to plastic surgeons: the American Board of Plastic Surgery and Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Further, the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) is the only board in America to be officially recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS.)
According to the ABPS, “ABMS represents 24 recognized medical specialty boards and assists the individual boards in the development and use of standards in ongoing evaluation and certification of physicians. ABMS member board certification, such as ABPS certification in plastic surgery, is recognized as the ‘gold standard’ in physician certification.”
What it takes to be Board Certified
Plastic surgeons can expect the following requirements to be board certified by the ABPS:
- At least 5 years of approved surgical training
- Must pass a comprehensive written and oral exams
- Complete a residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery accredited by the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)
Why you should Only Work with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
The mission of the American Board of Plastic Surgery is to promote safe, ethical, efficacious plastic surgery to the public by maintaining high standards for the education, examination, certification, and maintenance of certification of plastic surgeons as specialists and subspecialists.
For you, this means that with a board certified plastic surgeon, you’ll be working with a surgeon trained specifically in plastic surgery. Be sure to research your plastic surgeon before having any work done.
Contact: The Plastic Surgery Center of Maryland (410) 616-3000