How can you check a doctor's credentials?


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Verify a doctor’s credentials by checking board certification websites such as the American Board of Medical Specialties. State medical boards and doctor rating sites provide platforms for checking a physician’s certification, says About.com. Search for a physician by his last name, specialty or condition on Heathgrades.com and find his credentials.

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Healthgrades provides a database of physicians and shows their education and training, awards and recognition, specialties and board certification. Search results also indicate any sanctions, malpractice or board actions against a physician over the past few years.

Find a doctor’s board certification on your state’s medical board because most U.S. states make physician licensing information public, says About.com. Review a doctor’s credentials on a physician rating websites such as UCompare Healthcare. A plaque in a doctor’s office may provide his certification information, while a hospital may provide a board certification statement of doctors affiliated to the facility.

The American Board of Medical Specialties provides a physician certification database to help check a doctor’s credentials based on 24 specialty member boards. QuackWatch states the site provides doctor’s certification status when his location is unknown. The database is up to date because it is refreshed daily, and member boards give certification exams to physicians. The American Board of Medical Specialties evaluates the information provided by member boards to ascertain its quality and accuracy.

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