Do you have any key messages for doctors in general about these topics?

With physicians it’s often a discussion about another examination, more training, and another testing modality. The process of certification and its maintenance is so patients know we are who we say we are. For doctors, it assures we have the training to take care of people and do things right. It’s about doing the right […]

Is it tough to get certification from the ABMS?

There are prerequisite training requirements to satisfy the ABA testing process, such as completing a 4 year anesthesiology residency and passing both a written and oral examination to become board certified by the ABA. After completing this one year fellowship, the candidates must pass a written examination in order to hold board certification in pain […]

How can I verify that my physician completed the one year fellowship in pain management?

Fortunately, this is easy. Since most pain management physicians are anesthesiologists, credentials can be verified by visiting the American Board of Anesthesiology website. Physicians with pain management fellowship training are listed as having certification not just in anesthesiology, but also in pain medicine. To verify other specialty credentials refer to the American Board of Physical Medicine and […]

What’s the advantage of certification overseen by the ABMS?

The ABMS is recognized for its training and its educational process. It has a 75-year history and works with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education — which is the accreditation body for approval of residency training programs for the 24 recognized medical specialties. The Residency Review Committee reviews each training program and accredits each […]

What about the American Board of Pain Management (ABPM) or the American Academy of Pain Management (AAPM)?

Those are self-designated boards. They are organizations whose members come from different training programs such as neurology, neurosurgery, physical medicine and rehabilitation, psychiatry, nursing, and other areas of medicine, but who indicate an interest in pain management. Their members may be anesthesiologists who chose not to complete an optional one year fellowship in pain management. […]

Aren’t there other agencies that offer certification?

It’s confusing because the term ‘board certified’ is used by many self designated boards. There are organizations out there that offer certificates in various areas of medicine, and they create their own certifying agency that does not report to any central organization. When talking about board certification, people need to find out if it’s a […]