What Does it Mean When a Plastic Surgeon is Board Certified?
When choosing a plastic surgeon, reviewing board certification is one of the first steps that many patients take. Choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon gives patients greater confidence in their surgeon’s experience and expertise. But what does is mean to be board certified?
Board certification through the American Board of Plastic Surgery is a voluntary credential, meaning that plastic surgeons do not legally have to hold this board certification.
The American Board of Plastic Surgery is the only board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties. Certification requirements include a minimum of five years of approved surgical training, including a plastic surgery residency as well as achieving passing scores on written and oral exams in plastic surgery.
Continuous certification requirements mean that a plastic surgeon must receive ongoing education and assessments to stay up-to-date regarding plastic surgery techniques and other knowledge. Certification is valid for 10 years, after which a plastic surgeon must take new certification tests to renew their ABPS certification. In addition, a plastic surgeon must continually complete self-assessments and Practice Improvement activities throughout their certification periods.
Continuous certification shows patients that your plastic surgeon is knowledgeable, competent, and up-to-date with the latest in plastic surgery no matter how long they have been practicing.
Dr. Angelchik first earned board certification through the American Board of Plastic Surgery in 1996, and has since completed recertification in 2006 and 2016. In order to provide the best care available to his patients, Dr. Angelchik participates in continued education and the Maintenance of Certification program through ABPS. In addition to meeting these certification standards, Dr. Angelchik is also a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and has been named one of Castle & Connolly’s Top Doctors in America numerous times since 1996, including 2020. Learn more about Dr. Angelchik’s education, certifications, and philanthropic work here.
To schedule a consultation with Dr. Angelchik, call 602-932-0178 or request your appointment online.