“To be part of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery is more than a privilege. It is a sincere dedication to keep pace with the latest medical trends and advancements and turn them into a patient care of highest quality. I’m extremely proud and excited to have passed my re-certification exam from the American Board of Medical Specialties Maintenance of Certification program, meeting medical standards that go beyond basic licensing,” says Dr. Armin Tehrany, Assistant Clinical Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in Manhattan.
To continue the Maintenance of Certification program, physicians need to show strong progress in their:
~ Medical knowledge
~ Patient care
~ Procedural skills
~ Practice-based learning & improvement
~ Communication skills
~ Systems-based practice.
These are the core competencies they are evaluated on during the re-certification process.
Dr. Armin Tehrany voluntarily completed and passed the extremely thorough re-certification process by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, demonstrating a strong leadership role and commitment to bringing the health care quality to its highest standards.
“As doctors, everything we do is focused on our patients. All of us who are part of MOC program follow higher medical standards in our own specialty, which helps patients recognize us as leaders in improving the health-care quality and helps them make an informed health decision,” says Dr. Tehrany.
Why is it important that you choose a board-certified physician?
For Dr. Tehrany, being a board-certified physician, brings pride and joy, because it affirms that he continuously extends his orthopedic knowledge, improves his skills and implements new standards into his work.
But, to fully understand the immensity of the certification program and its importance, we decided to share detailed information on the American Board of Medical Specialties and its Maintenance of Certification program.
What is the American Board of Medical Specialties?
The American Board of Medical Specialties is a non-profit organization, established in 1933 with a mission to deliver uniformity in physician certification and to increase public awareness of the value of specialty certification. Board Members are lead by the principle that higher standards are followed by a better care for patients. They are firmly focused on continuously advancing the medical education, setting and verifying the standards and processes for certifying and re-certifying physicians, and providing products and services for verifying physician certification. The American Board of Medical Specialties acts as an advocate for safe, quality healthcare through their efforts to establish and maintain high standards for professional certification.
What does the Board Certification mean?
Certification is an added measure of expertise. The board certification given by an ABMS Member Board proves the doctor’s expertise in a particular specialty and/or sub-specialty of medical practice.
The most important fact is that joining the Board Certification program is on doctor’s free will. Members of the American Board of Medical Specialties are doctors who are eager to bring the health care standards to a much higher level.
The certification process by an ABMS Member Board is a rigorous one, and includes testing and peer evaluation, designed and administered by specialists in the specific area of medicine for which the doctor is being certified.
Doctors who join the ABMS voluntarily roll into the process where they meet new standards that go way beyond basic licensing. To earn the certification, they must demonstrate expertise, knowledge and professionalism. The board certified title requires that doctors complete four years of premedical education in a college or university; a course of study leading to an MD or DO degree from a qualified medical school and three to five years of full-time experience in an accredited residency training program.
During the Board Certification process, doctors go through initial exams, which continue with the Maintenance of Certification program. To maintain Board Certification, all doctors must actively keep pace with the latest advances in their specialty and demonstrate best practices for patient safety, communications and ethics.
Why did Dr. Tehrany choose the American Board of Medical Specialties Maintenance of Certification program?
The ABMS MOC program is unique in its evaluation of doctors’ performance. It measures doctor’s progress by the following core competencies: Professionalism, Patient Care and Procedural Skills, Medical Knowledge, Practice-based Learning and Improvement, Interpersonal and Communication Skills, Systems-based Practice.
Maintenance of Certification is a lifelong learning and self-assessment process, during which doctors demonstrate commitment to achieving superior clinical outcomes for patients.
The MOC program provides greater transparency into the healthcare world. Through MOC, physicians demonstrate that they can assess the quality of care they provide compared to peers and national benchmarks and then apply the best evidence to improve that care.
What are the benefits of Maintenance of Certification program and being a board-certified physician?
For doctors who are members of the American Board of Medical Specialties and who are enrolled in the Maintenance of Certification program, the greatest benefits are: they are focused on the learning process, based on individual practice needs; and by following latest medical trends they can increase efficiency and reduce malpractice premiums.
There are benefits for patients to visit a board certified physician as well. The can experience vary few medical errors, they can communicate whit doctors in a smoother way and they can expect much better clinical results from the doctor they choose.
Moreover, the Maintenance of Certification program is recognized as a crucial player in improving the health care quality. In its activism the ABMS MOC is recognized and acknowledged by health insurers, hospitals, quality and credentialing organizations, as well as the federal government. With the MOC program, doctors are able to advance the standards for medical care nationwide.
For more details on the American Board of Medical Specialties and the Maintenance of Certification, please visit www.abms.org.
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