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Seek Out Credentials Before Choosing a Physician - Is Your Cardiologist Board Certified in Cardiovascular Disease?
Date:7/2/2009

ed to practice medicine in at least one U.S. state, territory or Canada
  • Passed rigorous examination in their specialty or subspecialty, and
  • Met other ABMS Board-specified qualifications

  • An internal medicine specialist who wishes to be certified in the subspecialty of cardiovascular disease (which includes diseases of the heart and blood vessels) must have:

    • Satisfied all of the requirements listed above to become certified in internal medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM)
    • Satisfactorily completed additional accredited training in a graduate medical education fellowship program in cardiovascular disease
    • Demonstrated clinical competence in patient care
    • Met the licensure and procedural requirements
    • Passed the Certification (subspecialty) Exam in Cardiovascular Disease

    "Any doctor who has graduated from medical school, fulfilled residency requirements, and has been licensed by the state in which he or she practices, can set up an office and practice medicine, even in a specialty for which he or she has not trained," Dr. Weiss said. "An ABMS Member Board certified doctor has participated in a voluntary training and assessment process that demonstrates knowledge and skill in their chosen specialty/subspecialty beyond the basic licensing requirements."

    To keep pace with continuous advances in the field of medicine, ABMS and its Member Boards have evolved their recertification programs to one of continuous professional development, called ABMS Maintenance of Certification(R) (ABMS MOC(R)). ABMS MOC assures that the participating physician is committed to lifelong learning and on-going self-assessment along six areas of competency. Measurement of these competencies happens in numerous ways, some of which vary according t
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