As a board certified dermatologist in suburban Toronto, I see a wide range of skin care needs. In Canada, surgeons can become certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada – in addition to the American Board of Dermatology. My board certification in dermatology and my fellowship training in dermatologic surgery give my patients confidence in my skill as a dermatologist. They demonstrate that I have the background required to respond directly to each patient’s particular needs using sound medical techniques. If you are seeking skin care treatment, don’t forget to choose a board-certified dermatologist. Here’s why:
Board certification is your proof that your dermatologist has undergone a comprehensive course of training. All board-certified dermatologists have completed medical school and, even more importantly, a residency program. Many (myself included) have gone on to a fellowship, thus gaining even more specialized hands-on training. Board certification also requires candidates to pass rigorous examinations, given by the specialty boards themselves, to ensure their academic and practical knowledge in their field.
For dermatologists, all of this education and assessment is aimed at one goal: awarding board certification to only the candidates with the highest level of medical and/or cosmetic skin care training.
What does this mean to you as a patient? It means that when you choose a board-certified dermatologist, you’re choosing a top-tier practitioner with a proven record of excellence in safety and quality of care.