My physician is “Board certified.” What does that mean?

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When you see the term “Board certification”, it indicates a physician has received the highest level of certification, the “gold standard”, for medical specialization in the United States.  Seeking the certification is a voluntary process and is one way physicians demonstrate their commitment to the highest level of quality care.

That said, certification is distinctly different from being licensed to practice medicine, a function regulated by state government.  A valid medical license is required to be Board certified, but certification is not necessary to have a license.  In order to attain Board certification, a physician must meet certain standards and pass tests developed to assure the public that he or she has been adequately trained in a given specialty.  Further, Board certification sets a physician apart as a recognized specialist in the eyes of patients, hospitals, employers and insurers.  Both Dr. Kevin Terefenko and Dr. James Shaffer are certified by The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

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