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Board certification

Health care professionals such as doctors are board certified when they pass written, practical, and/or simulation tests that demonstrate their mastery of the basic knowledge and skills that define their specialty. Board certification indicates that doctors and other professionals are competent to practice medicine in their field. Different specialty organizations provide board certification. Some specialty boards require health care professionals to be recertified periodically.

Certification organizations

Doctors (MDs)
A member board of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS)

Doctors of Osteopathy (DOs)
American Osteopathic Association (AOA)
A member board of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS)

Nurse Practitioners
American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
Pediatric Nurses Certification Board
National Certification Corporation

Physicians Assistants
National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants

Dental-Oral Maxillofacial Surgery Specialists
American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Podiatrists (DPMs)
American Board of Podiatric Surgery