The Importance of Board Certification

Becoming a doctor is a rigorous process regardless of the specialty. However, taking the extra step to become board-certified—which is a voluntary process—reflects an even higher set of standards, education and commitment to the craft of medical excellence. Many of the best dermatologists in New York are those who are Board Certified.

Dr. Michele S. Green is a board-certified dermatologist. If you’re ready to experience the difference that customized skin care from a skilled, experienced dermatologist can make, please don’t hesitate to contact us online today or call 212-535-3088.

What Is Board Certification?

Board certification is not the same as holding a license to practice medicine. Medical licensure is the only legal requirement necessary in New York to practice as a medical doctor. However, while licensure indicates appropriate training to competently diagnose and treat patients, it doesn’t indicate a particular expertise in any one specialty.

Board certification was developed to encourage a higher level of specialization and standardized training, as well as a commitment to ongoing education within a field of specialty. The American Board of Medical Specialties is a not-for-profit organization that works to develop unified standards for evaluation and training across 24 specific specialties. Board certification from the ABMS is recognized as the gold standard for medical excellence.

For patients, board certification indicates a commitment to high caliber care and emphasis on patient safety based on extensive specialized training.

Why Choose a Board Certified Dermatologist?

The designation of board certification is an indicator to patients that their dermatologist has opted to go through additional training that is highly focused just on skin conditions and other medical issues related to the field of dermatology. Patients who choose a board-certified dermatologist know they’re receiving care from the most knowledgeable specialists in the field, which translates into the utmost safety and access to the latest research and technologies.

The Process for Board Certification in Dermatology

It took many years of dedicated study for Dr. Green to become a board-certified dermatologist.

  • Graduation from high school, typically with honors in order to gain acceptance into highly competitive pre-med programs as an undergraduate.
  • Four or more years to complete an undergraduate degree, usually in a medical-related field such as biology or chemistry.
  • Successful completion of medical school, followed by an internship and residency. If pursuing board certification in dermatology, at least 36 consecutive months of full-time training in dermatology are required during this time.
  • After completing training and passing the medical boards for licensure, applicants must gather letters of recommendation and academic transcripts to submit with their application for board certification testing.
  • A passing score on rigorous testing administered by the American Board of Dermatology following completion of the dermatology residency.
  • Periodic recertification in order to ensure ongoing education and awareness of current methodologies.

As a board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Green is highly trained and experienced in treating cosmetic and medical dermatology concerns. She is committed patient safety and to achieving the best possible outcomes for all of her patients. Please contact us online today or call 212-535-3088 to schedule a consultation with her.