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  •  Curiosity got the better of me (13+ / 0-)

      and this is from KY news:  

    We probably now also need to ask Paul, who conducts eye surgery on the poor and elderly for free while the Senate is out of session, whether he still holds himself out to be board certified since the Kentucky Secretary of State dissolved the National Board of Ophthalmology in 2011 after Paul didn’t file required paperwork.

    An internet search didn’t find any indication the National Board of Ophthalmology had been reborn somewhere else.

    If he does run for president in 2016, rest assured we won’t be the only ones asking these questions. Paul might as well get them out of the way now.

        That is shocking - While I haven't a flipping clue about the techniques of opthamology - but the idea of  having someone work on my eyes, even for free, when he has time and essentially no certification.   WOW.

    •  I think you can practice medicine without (6+ / 0-)

      being board-certified. License != certified.

      Board-certified is above and beyond; it's like belonging to a professional society.

      I'm on a mission! Testing the new site rules.

      by blue aardvark on Tue Nov 05, 2013 at 11:57:11 AM PST

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      •  Licensed and Certified are vastly different... (2+ / 0-)
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        Licensed means one has a license, usually from a governmental entity.  Often it is as simple as paying an annual fee.  It literally means "permission to operate."

        Certification is different and more complex.  According to that most reliable of all sources, Wikipedia, "This confirmation is often, but not always, provided by some form of external review, education, assessment, or audit. Accreditation is a specific organization's process of certification."

        Licensed <> Certified.

        "When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty (Antonin Scalia, John Boner, or Scotty Walker (pick your favorite) said in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean -- neither more nor less."

        by Eman on Tue Nov 05, 2013 at 01:16:49 PM PST

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        •  Doctors have to pass a licensing exam and are (1+ / 0-)
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          licensed by individual state boards to practice in that state.

          After that, there are a number of national level specialty boards that have various extra requirements for education and training, oversight of training,(residencies), and continuing education to maintain certification.

          After the initial exam and state license, however, they are technically permitted to practice wherever will grant them privileges. For instance, there is a temp agency called Spectrum that staffs an awful lot of rural ERs with docs. Spectrum does not require docs to be board certified in emergency medicine in order to fill ER shifts. There  may be a differential rate paid for those who do have the board certification, but many if not most of the Spectrum shifts aren't staffed by board certified ER docs. They do need to have specific certificates like ALCS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support, renewed every 3-4 years, iirc), and others for pediatrics, etc. but those are very limited certifications, like a CPR card on steroids.

          One of the things that does slow some of them down is malpractice insurance. Insurance carriers are naturally reluctant to cover docs if they are aware that they're practicing outside their specialty.

          And specific screwups can be reported to the state licensing board for investigation and disciplinary action.

          Information is abundant, wisdom is scarce. ~The Druid.
          ~Ideals aren't goals, they're navigation aids.~

          by FarWestGirl on Tue Nov 05, 2013 at 03:06:02 PM PST

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