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How do you find out if your doctor is board-certified?

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Find out if a doctor has medical board certification by searching his name on sites such as CertificationMatters.org, ABIM.org or UCompareHealthCare.com, as of 2015. Many states also make medical board certification public record, meaning it is possible to find the information on state medical board websites or by contacting the department directly.

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CertificationMatters.org allows users to quickly determine the certification status of a doctor through its search tool. Users must enter a doctor's name, practice location and specialty to see a list of all the doctors with that name or similar names in the area. Results may contain a picture of the doctor or details about his practice to help determine the appropriate physician.

ABIM.org is the website for the American Board of Internal Medicine, which issues and oversees certification for doctors that practice that discipline. Its search tool only requires the doctor's name and date of birth, displaying all the results in its database. However, it does not include all doctors certified prior to 1990.

UCompareHealthCare.com is a doctor-rating site that also includes certification status for the doctors it features. It allows users to search for a specific doctor or see multiple doctors within a speciality as well as check the status of dentists, nurses and psychologists.

FSMB.org contains links to the state medical board websites for every sate, which contain information about checking the certification status for doctors practicing in those locations.

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