Physicians are not under any legal obligation to attain a board certification, but doing so often serves as a demonstration of a physician’s education, knowledge, and skills to provide quality care in a specific medical field. Physicians seeking to join a medical board should consult the criteria proscribed for membership, as the requirements for each board will vary based on the specialty. Once board-certification is attained, physicians should be sure to maintain their medical specialty expertise by participating in the applicable professional development and adhering to application renewal deadlines. A physician should never represent him/herself as a member of a board for which he/she has not achieved the certification or as being eligible for that board.
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