Ensuring Expertise in Health Care
All of the physicians at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine are board certified in their particular medical specialties or subspecialties of medical practice.
About Board Certification
Board certification provides a trusted, nationally recognized credential that verifies a physician has gained the knowledge, experience and skills to provide quality health care within a specific specialty. The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) works in collaboration with 24 specialty Member Boards to improve the quality of health care through establishing and maintaining high standards for physician certification.
Why Should I Insist on a Board Certified Physician?
Board certification proves that your physician has demonstrated exceptional expertise required to safely treat you and your family. By insisting on a board certified physician, you can be confident that your physician's competence has been tested and verified by other specialists in their specific area of medicine. In addition, board certification reflects a physician's commitment to the American Board of Medical Specialties' core values of compassion, patient-centeredness and a passion for education.
Difference Between Medical Licensure and Board Certification
The processes of obtaining a medical license and board certification are very different. A medical license is an important credential required to practice medicine; by obtaining a medical license, a physician has met the basic requirements to diagnose and treat patients, however, it does not necessarily prove that a physician is qualified to provide high quality care in their certain specialty or subspecialty of medicine.
Board certification goes above and beyond basic medical licensure. It is a rigorous, voluntary process that involves testing and peer evaluation to ensure a physician has the knowledge, experience and skills to provide high quality care in his or her specific medical specialty.
For example, a physician wishing to become board certified in orthopaedic surgery must first:
- Complete his or her undergraduate degree
- Complete medical school
- Complete an accredited medical residency training program (includes obtaining a medical license)
- Complete a minimum of five years specialty training (including surgery training) plus two years in clinical practice
Physicians who are board certified must participate in ongoing training that challenges them to focus on continuous development of their skills and maintain patient-centered standards that emphasize professionalism, patient safety and performance improvement throughout their careers.
How to Know if Your Physician is Board Certified
You can find out if your physician is board certified by visiting the Certification Matters™ website. As part of our commitment to the highest quality health care, we require that all physicians at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine be board certified in their particular medical specialties or subspecialties.
You can find additional information about the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and their 24 specialty Member Boards on the ABMS website.