Do you NEED a surgeon board certified by the ABFPRS, or the ABCS, or the XYZS?
Board certification is highly important, as the ACGME only recognizes the ABPS as a valid specialty board. This recognition is crucial as the ACGME is the regulatory body overseeing resident education across all medical specialties, including internal medicine and general surgery.
The Importance of ACGME Recognition of Board Certification
The ACGME doesn’t recognize individuals trained in a program certified by a board not recognized by it. This means that any board not recognized by ACGME is not bound by its rules and regulations.
Unregulated Boards and False Advertising
Regrettably, this creates an opportunity for the formation of boards such as the American Board of Facial Upper Outer Eyelid Lash Surgeons that may not necessitate a medical degree. To the general public, it may seem as though anyone trained in a program recognized by such a board has special training in the upper outer part of the eyelid. Surgeons who claim to be specialists in a particular area may lead people to believe that they underwent plastic surgery training followed by specialty training, which is a blatant lie.
The Value of ACGME Plastic Surgery Training
In truth, ACGME plastic surgery training takes six to eight years and encompasses all aspects of plastic surgery. Surgeons who lack this training typically receive only one year of so-called “plastic” surgery training and may consider themselves experts in the field. It’s crucial to note that the postoperative lawsuit end is the only area where the cosmetic surgery industry is regulated, leaving many individuals unaware of the nuances in the industry.
Why Board Certifications Not Recognized by ACGME are Preposterous
While there are a few cosmetic surgeons who are not plastic surgeons and are quite good, there are also ASPS surgeons who are not up to par. Therefore, to claim that one needs a surgeon with board certification not recognized by the ACGME is a preposterous flagrant lie. Instead, patients require an honest physician who provides safe procedures and achieves good results, as well as having strong endorsements from their patients.
The Importance of a Board Certified Surgeon’s Ethical Character
People often ignore the ethical character of the surgeon, but it is an essential consideration. Even if someone is not board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, they may still possess skills and experience. However, one must ask how many patients the surgeon would have had to perform a given procedure on before they acquired enough experience to consistently produce good and reproducible results. Would you want a physician of such limited moral fiber to perform your surgery?
In summary, people should focus on finding a surgeon who is honest, safe, and has a track record of getting good results. They should not base their decision solely on board certifications not recognized by the ACGME. It is essential to consider the ethical character of the surgeon, as well as their level of training and experience. Ultimately, patients should prioritize their safety and well-being when choosing a surgeon.
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