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Old 09-11-2004, 12:33 PM   #1
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Question Board Eligible vs Board Certified

Can someone tell me what the difference is between "Board Eligible" and "Board Certified".

I have synovial cyst at L4 L5 and have been referred to an orthopodist for a microdisecotmy. Thanks for your help.

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Old 09-11-2004, 01:14 PM   #2
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Re: Board Eligible vs Board Certified

[QUOTE=Sara5678]Can someone tell me what the difference is between "Board Eligible" and "Board Certified".

I have synovial cyst at L4 L5 and have been referred to an orthopodist for a microdisecotmy. Thanks for your help.[/QUOTE]
"Board Certified" means the Doctor has passed his/her boards for that specialty. Board elegible means just that, he/she is elegible to take the boards. I would ask this surgeon how many times he/she has performed this surgery, where & when. Does he just do it once in awhile or 5 x's a week?
Ask to speak to another patient that's had the same or a similar surgery. Don't let them tell you they can't. All they have to do is call a patient and ask. They can have the patient call you, no last names have to be exchanged. Ask brutally honest questions; it's your spine!!! ~Barbara~

 
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Old 09-11-2004, 02:11 PM   #3
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Re: Board Eligible vs Board Certified

Aloha Sara,

Because the scope of modern medical knowledge is vast, most medical school graduates take additional training before entering clinical practice. Those choosing to become specialists take at least three years of residency training during which they are designated as PGY 1 (postgraduate-year-one resident), PGY 2 (postgraduate-year-two resident), and so on.

The recognized standard-setting organization is the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), which is composed of 24 primary medical specialty boards and six associate members:

The American Hospital Association
The American Medical Association
The Association of American Medical Colleges
The Council of Medical Specialty Societies
The Federation of State Medical Boards of the United States, and
The National Board of Medical Examiners.

The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) sets standards for osteopathic physicians (DOs) who undergo residency training at osteopathic institutions.

Medical specialty boards require high standards of training and performance and ensure them by rigid examinations. Successful applicants receive diplomas and are considered "board-certified." The number of ABMS-approved credentials has risen sharply during the past ten years. Certificates are now available for 37 specialties and about 75 subspecialties. Most certificates expire within seven or ten years and require reexamination for renewal.

Physicians who complete all requirements for certification except the examination may be identified as "board-eligible." Although the American Board of Medical Specialties has officially abandoned this term, it is still in common use.

Personally I would go with the "Board Certified", but that's just me. I hope this helps and I hope that you have complete success with your procedure. Good Luck and God Bless.

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Old 09-11-2004, 03:36 PM   #4
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Re: Board Eligible vs Board Certified

Thank you Barbara and Carl -
Does any know if a Orthopedist is as qualified as a Neurosurgeon to do a microdiscectomy for a synovial cyst?

 
Old 09-12-2004, 02:32 AM   #5
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Re: Board Eligible vs Board Certified

Aloha again Sara,

In my opinion, either one would be more than qualified to help you, however, each neuro and ortho has there own specialties or disciplines...I know, I know just what you wanted to hear, you should do a little homework on your surgeons and see if they have an area which they specialize in, if they have any integrity at all they will be up front with you and if they feel that you would be better served by another surgeon, they should, and the operative word here is should, refer you to someone they know would be able to help you. I wasnít much help was I?

An orthopedic surgeon is more of a mechanic, and a neurosurgeon usually gets involved if nerves or spinal cord is at issue, my guess, with your particular situation you will probably end up with a neurosurgeon, but that's just my opinion. And again, they each may have their respective specialties (spine, hips, knee, sports, neck etc.) Good Luck, I will pray for a successful and healthy outcome.

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