Major specialty certification boards are not educational institutions.
Certificates issued by these boards do not confer degrees.
Certification does not represent or assume legal qualification, hospital privilege, medical licensure, the right to prescribe medications, or competence to perform procedures.
The American Board of Plastic Surgery was established in 1937. To become certified by this board, a physician must meet certain qualifications including the following: More information may be obtained from this board at the following address and web site:
Graduation from an accredited medical school
License to practice medicine in the state in which they reside
At least three years of training in a general surgery department in an ACGME accredited residency program
A minimum of two years of training in a plastic surgery department in an ACGME accredited residency program
A three year perdiod when all operative reports and pre/post operative photographs are submitted and accepted by a peer-review committee