How to select a qualified Dermatologist

by | September 14, 2010 @ 05:00AM

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When choosing a qualified dermatologist, you want to be assured they have the right credentials for the procedure(s) you want preformed. There are many ways in which you can go about doing this research. The following are preliminary checks that will enable you to be prepared and educated prior to your consultation. These are critical steps that will help you achieve a successful outcome.
Perhaps you are looking for someone with a good chair-side manner, a professional office environment, current magazines in the waiting room, or who is a sharp dresser. To others, training, reputation and specialties are preferred criteria for selecting their dermatologist. Some may even look for the most expensive physician, while others the least expensive. Whatever your criteria, iEnhance has put together a list of physicians that can give you a head start on your search for the best dermatologist to meet your individual needs.
After reviewing this section, you may want to conduct addition independent research. Speaking to a patient or friend who has had a similar procedure preformed, or whom their physician impressed, can help you feel more assured of your own decisions. To some, training reputation, and word-of-mouth are preferred criteria for selecting a physician. iEnhance has a feature called "My Story" you may want to check out. It is a section of personal experiences from patients that have had dermatological procedures preformed. We have also provided you with a list of professional organizations at the end of this page to assist you in verifying the physicians credentials as well as a "physician locator" to help guide you to a well-trained physician that can be chosen by location, name, and experience.

Preliminary checks you should make prior to consultation scheduling:

iEnhance is proud to list physicians on our Web site who meet our selection criteria. Many of our physicians are either board-certified or board-eligible. On our listing, we feature the physician's education, credentials, certifications, medical school, and licensure. The physician may also list his or her membership with medical associations, academies or societies. The links located at the bottom of the page will assist you in verifying the information provided. You may want to use a Physician Credential Verification company to conduct the research for you. iEnhance has partnered with to assist you in this process. SearchPointe will provide you with a free report that gives you the physician's name, phone number, address, specialty, education, school and residency information. You may order a License and Sanction report on a specific physician for a small fee.
Confirm whether a physician has earned his or her certification from the American Board of Dermatology by either clicking to, or by calling them direct at 313.874.1088. American Board of Dermatology certified physicians have graduated from an accredited medical school and completed at least another 4 years of residency as a dermatologist. Of these four years, he/she completed one year of post-graduate work, and at least three of years training as a dermatologist resident.
Confirm that the physician is either Board Certified, or Board Eligible. To be board certified, the physician must have passed comprehensive written and oral examinations given by the American Board of Dermatology. You can confirm a physician's Board certification by clicking to (American Board of Medical Specialties), selecting the "Who's Certified" button, then typing in the doctor's name. The verification will tell you which specific Board certified the doctor. Alternatively, you may call the American Board of Medical Specialties at 847.491.9091.

Selecting a Board Certified physician assures you that a physician has completed extensive training and passed rigorous training examinations in his/her specialty. To some, Board Certification or Board Eligibility is a very important factor when choosing a physician. Following these steps will help you be very confident about the physician you choose.

Questions you should ask during your consultation:

In addition to the questions you ask the physician, the most important thing to consider is the communication between you and the physician. Be sure that you are comfortable with the physician and that all your questions are being answered. A give-and-take dialogue can ensure that you and the physician have the same vision of what you want the end result to be, and that your expectations are realistic. We highly encourage you to read the procedure descriptions and become familiar with the questions to ask your physician. With the questions provided in the procedure descriptions and the information here, you should get a fairly comprehensive picture of the physicians working style and credentials.
These questions are to be used as a framework to get to know the physician and to feel more comfortable with his working style. Familiarize yourself with the procedure description that you are interested in and add your specific questions to this list. Our goal is to provide you with the knowledge and information you need to ask intelligent well directed questions during your consultation.

1. How long have you been in practice?
2. Where did you attend medical school?
3. Why did you choose this particular specialty?
4. What is your favorite part about being a physician?
5. What procedure do you enjoy doing the most?
6. What Hospital(s) do you admit to? Which one do you prefer the most?
7. Do you have any statistical information on your outcomes and success ratios?
8. How many of the particular procedure have you preformed?
9. How long have you practiced in this City/State?
10. What other places have you practiced?

Links to professional organizations: - Liaison Committee on Medical Education. This organization accredits medical schools in the US and Canada. Click on "Directory of Accredited Medical Education Programs" to verify the accreditation of your doctor's medical school. - American Board of Medical Specialties. ABMS is the umbrella organization for the 24 approved medical specialty boards in the United States. From the homepage, select the "Who's Certified" button, and then type the physician's name. The verification will tell you which specific Board certified the physician. - American Board of Dermatology. This organization is one of the approved medical specialty boards that make up the American Board of Medical Specialties. This is the board that certifies dermatologists. You may call to verify a doctor's board certification status at 313.874.1088. - A Physician Credential Verification company. From the home page, click on "Doctor Search", enter the search parameters and click "Search Now". Within a few seconds, SearchPointe will provide a free report that gives you the doctor's name, phone number, address, specialty, education, school and residency information. Then for a small fee, you can order a License and Sanction report on that doctor.

Other relevant links: - American Academy for Dermatology Surgery. Over 12,000 dermatologists worldwide are members of this professional organization. - American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. Over 2,400 dermatologists are members of this organization. 

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