What does it mean to be Board Certified?
Dr. Warren Schutte is dual board certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
Board Certified doctors voluntarily meet additional standards beyond basic licensing. They demonstrate their expertise by earning Board Certification through one of the 24 Member Boards that are part of the not-for-profit American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS).
Each doctor earns initial Board Certification by passing a written and, in some cases, an oral examination created and administered by the Member Board in his or her specialty. This is just the first step in the career-long learning and assessment process required by the rigorous ABMS MOC® program. To maintain Board Certification, a doctor must actively keep pace with the latest advances in his or her specialty and demonstrate best practices for patient safety, communications and ethics.
This means that Dr. Schutte has met the rigorous standards required for certification including:
- Graduation from an accredited medical school
- Completion of a 5 year general surgery residency
- Completion of plastic surgery residency
- Passed comprehensive exams from each of the specialty boards.
- Complete continuing medical education, including patient safety each year
- Performs surgery only in accredited, state-licensed or Medicare certified facilities
- Adheres to a strict Code of Ethics
Certification matters: You can visit the American Board of Medical Specialties website at www.certificationmatters.org to check to see if your doctor is board certified and learn more about what is required to be board certified and maintain certification.
Many types of physicians may perform plastic surgery services. Their training may be in areas such as family practice, emergency services or ENT. They may even say they are board certified by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery. The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery is not part of the American Board of Medical Specialties. Patients should use caution when seeking plastic surgery services to make sure their physician has the necessary training to provide safe and effective plastic surgery services.
Source: www.certificationmatters.org and www.abms.org