Individuals can find information about the background of a doctor by contacting their state medical board. Alternatively, they can search online for information about a doctor's credentials and any information related to malpractice.
Some sources that allow individuals to check a doctor's background include the local library, the American Board of Medical Specialties and the medical society that is relevant for the specialty of the selected doctor. If a doctor is a member of the American Medical Association, individuals can contact this organization for more background information. The website of the American Medical Association features a Doctor Finder section with information about more than 814,000 doctors, as of 2015.