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  •  on board certifications, there are many (9+ / 0-)

    accrediting boards out there, some recognized and some not so much so.  ABMS is usually the arbiter on which ones are real and not so real:
    http://www.abms.org/

    Also each boarding takes an additional residency unless it is an add-on, such as infectious disease as an add on to IM; then there is usually an additional term of study so you can figure med school = 4 years and initial residency= 3-5 years and then each additional boarding can mean an additional 1-5 years depending on if it is a piggy back (i.e. gerontology as piggy back to FP) or an unrelated field.

    (disclaimer: my knowledge dates from 1981 or so until 2007; things may have changed)

    Have fun determining how valid his boardings are and how long they should take.  The guy's 9 kids, all homeschooled and his ties to various Catholic causes speaks volumes to me

    •  Two "real" board certifications are probably (11+ / 0-)

      the answer, along with two other questionable ones. He seems to have trained legitimately as a cardiologist, which would mean three years of internal medicine residency followed by (usually) two years of cardiology fellowship, leading to certification in internal medicine and cardiology. That part is real, and, based on the one legitimate publication you list, the case report, (which was probably not peer-reviewed,) he has practiced as a cardiologist, at least in the past.
            The "vein care and vascular medicine" certification is a little shakey. The certifying organization is independant of the ABMS, but they imply that they are  attempting to join. They are a new enough organization that they allow certification based on the candidate's practice experience, without formal training. There don't appear to be any actual fellowship programs or residencies; it appears people currently get trained at short educational meetings or by preceptors. It would be easy for a trained cardiologist to pick up the specific skills the "American Board of Phlebology" list as required for certification, probably in a weekend seminar.
           The "family planning" certification is just unscientific and bogus. It comes from a religiously based organization that does "research" intended only to confirm the pre-existing biases. It's like a medical version of "creation science."
            My impression from looking at this guy's stuff on line is that he started as a real cardiologist, but decided it would be either easier, more lucrative, or both, to do cosmetic vein treatments as his medical practice. It certainly would mean better hours and no night call. I doubt that he still does real cardiology. And the family planning stuff, (the other four "medical" publications listed above,) is purely religious conservatism. He's using his medical credentials to give unwarranted authority to his religious doctrine.

      -7.25, -6.26

      We are men of action; lies do not become us.

      by ER Doc on Sat Mar 02, 2013 at 11:49:25 AM PST

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