Why Board Certification Matters

What does it mean to be a Board Certified Dermatologist? Are you sure you are seeing a medical doctor, or have you actually been scheduled to see a physician assistant (PA) or nurse? Know who delivers your care, and make sure they are board certified.

A dermatologist is a physician who holds a MD or DO degree. A board certified dermatologist passes a rigorous specialty examination at the end of their 4 years of dermatology training. Dermatologist go to 4 years of college, 4 years of medical school, and then 4 years of internship/dermatology training. A dermatologist is certified by the American Board of Dermatology (ABD). Founded in 1932, the board has standardized criteria and expectations that each dermatologist must meet before becoming certified. The ABD is an independent, objective organization, and it is not affiliated with pharmaceutical companies, government, or educational institutions. The ABD is under the oversight of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), which regulates 24 member boards in fields including plastic surgery, pediatrics, and emergency medicine. Board certification is a completely voluntary process, and doctors don’t need to be certified in order to practice medicine. Doctors who choose to pursue board certification do so because they wish to challenge themselves professionally and offer their patients the best service possible.

When a physician is certified by an ABMS member board, it indicates that he or she has demonstrated a significant breadth of knowledge about his or her field. To earn certification, physicians must undergo rigorous exams to test their competence in a variety of clinical scenarios. Only after earning a satisfactory score can a physician earn certification. Some dermatologists may also receive additional training if they specialize in areas such as Mohs surgery, dermatopathology or pediatric dermatology. We treat skin conditions such as acne, warts, rosacea, eczema, rashes and skin cancers. Most dermatologists will also perform simple in-office surgeries, such as shave biopsies, punch biopsies and excisions. We also offer cosmetic treatments, including Botox, fillers, chemical peels, and lasers. The most important thing to realize is board certified dermatologists are trained to recognize abnormal lesions, rashes and skin cancers. This means we will quickly get your skin condition diagnosed, and treated.

Dr. Cindy N. Berthelot, M.D. is a board certified dermatologist treating patients in the greater Houston community, including Clearlake, League City, Friendswood, Pasadena, Deer Park, Dickinson, Pearland, Alvin, Seabrook, Kemah, Webster, Galveston, Texas City, La Marque, and Santa Fe, Texas. To make an appointment with Dr. Berthelot, please contact us at 281.480.7272.