Chances are you’ve heard the term “Board Certified” as it pertains to the qualifications of physicians. But what does that mean to you, as a patient? Board certification demonstrates a physician’s exceptional expertise in a particular specialty field of medical practice. Becoming certified involves a rigorous process of testing and peer evaluation, along with hours of practice that is designed and administered by specialists in the specific area of medicine. It’s an extra layer of acknowledgement and time spent within a particular field of medicine.
Dr. Garza is a Double Board Certified plastic surgeon, meaning he has gone through the rigorous process of certification twice.
Board Certification is quite different than a license to practice. In order to remain certified, Board Certified plastic surgeons are required to maintain and participate in activities to stay up to date with the latest advances in patient care. Before Board Certification can be achieved, a person must complete four years of undergraduate education at a university or college, earn a MD or DO degree from a qualified medical school, have three to five years off full-time experience in an accredited residency training program, followed by a series of exams and assessments. Most physicians will actively discuss their reasons for being certified, or not. Experience and certification is a good place to start when choosing a Nashville, TN plastic surgeon. Ensure whoever you choose has the proper qualifications and level of experience needed to provide the results you are looking to achieve.