Board Certified Explained
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With Board Certifications from both the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery, plastic surgeon Dr. Alexander Zuriarrain has the backing of two of medicine’s most respected organizations. Board certifications are a way for patients to feel confident in a surgeon’s capabilities, and for surgeons to be held accountable for maintaining the highest standards of quality in their work.

Walking the Walk

Not every Miami plastic surgeon is double board-certified like Dr. Zuriarrain. In fact, some are not even board certified at all! You do not have to be board-certified to practice medicine - you just have to be licensed in the state where you practice.

Board certification is a way for surgeons to demonstrate their competency to their patients and to their peers by going above and beyond the minimum approvals to practice medicine. It requires dedication, study, and skill, and it is by no means a sure thing.

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Board Certified: What Does It Mean?

Most “Boards” are nonprofit organizations dedicated to maintaining the integrity of their fields of specialty. When a surgeon or doctor is “board-certified”, that means that physician has passed that organization's criteria for certification - in effect, that the organization trusts that doctor to operate under their seal of approval. These approval processes differ by the organization, but usually include a written and oral examination component as well as certain education and training benchmarks.

Double board-certified Miami plastic surgeon Dr. Z, meaning that he has been certified by two different boards - The American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Understanding what it takes to be certified by each of these organizations can help you make better choices on which surgeon you trust with your body and your look.

American Board of Surgery

The American Board of Surgery has been certifying surgeons for general surgery since 1937. These surgeons, known as “diplomates,” go through rigorous testing and education programs to prove their worthiness to receive this designation. These requirements include:

Training

All surgeons must graduate from an accredited medical school in either the United States or Canada, or receive certification from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates before being considered. They must also complete five (5) years of training in an approved residency program following graduation, where they must gain extensive operating experience and expand their knowledge of health and disease management.

Application and Examination

Following residency, surgeons can apply for certification. If approved initially, they can proceed to the exam phase. All applicants must also have current U.S. or Canadian medical licenses before beginning their exams.

Surgeons must pass both a written qualifying exam and an oral exam. These Qualifying and Certifying exams are extensive and test the surgeons’ practical knowledge as well as their ability to diagnose and treat a litany of surgical issues and potential complications. If they pass both exams, they are deemed “board-certified” and may call themselves diplomates.

In addition to these initial training and certification requirements, The ABS mandates that all surgeons undergo “continuous certification” - a program with ongoing requirements for testing and continuing education programs that surgeons must pass to keep their certifications.

American Board of Plastic Surgery

The American Board of Plastic Surgery has issued over 9,000 certifications since 1937, meaning that just over 100 surgeons a year are accepted as diplomates of this prestigious organization. To become an ABPS diplomate, surgeons must meet the following requirements:

Training

All surgeons must graduate from an accredited medical school in either the United States or Canada, or receive certification from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates before being considered. They must also complete five (5) years of training in an approved residency program following graduation, where they must gain extensive operating experience and expand their knowledge of health and disease management.

Application and Examination

Following residency, surgeons can apply for certification. If approved initially, they can proceed to the exam phase. All applicants must also have current U.S. or Canadian medical licenses before beginning their exams.

Surgeons must pass both a written qualifying exam and an oral exam. These Qualifying and Certifying exams are extensive and test the surgeons’ practical knowledge as well as their ability to diagnose and treat a litany of surgical issues and potential complications. If they pass both exams, they are deemed “board-certified” and may call themselves diplomates.

In addition to these initial training and certification requirements, The ABS mandates that all surgeons undergo “continuous certification” - a program with ongoing requirements for testing and continuing education programs that surgeons must pass to keep their certifications.

How to Find Out if Your Surgeon is Board Certified

Both the ABS and the ABPS have verification sections on their websites to help patients verify whether or not their surgeon truly is still board certified.

Dr. Zuriarrain encourages you to verify his current board certification status by clicking on these links: American Board of Surgery and American Board of Plastic Surgery. On both of those links you have the ability to search for him by name.

Board certification gives patients peace of mind. By choosing Dr. Z for your procedure, you can rest easy knowing that your surgeon is double board-certified and up to date on the latest continuing education requirements of multiple professional organizations.

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