Yes, MD board certification matters
The New York Times posted an article yesterday that just caught my attention. It was about our perceptions of foreign-born and foreign-educated doctors. And though I started reading to see how or if it challenged my own ideas about foreign doctors (that’s another post), I was quickly distracted by the repeated references to board certification and its importance.
I ended up thinking more about Dr. Rand Paul than about foreign doctors. Paul, by entering the realm of politics, drew public attention to his “self-certification” as an ophthalmologist. The Times article, far better than I, made clear the importance of genuine board certification.
Paul may or may not succeed in his run for a U.S. Senate seat in Kentucky, so he’d best tend to his day job and renew his certification from the American Board of Ophthalmology — the real ophthalmology board. Because, yes, it’s that important.