Good health is the most important asset you own. Bad health becomes your largest liability if you lose your health, thus who you get advise, treatment, and direction from becomes the most important decision that you make for the balance of your life. You must research your doctors before you place your life in their hands.
All doctors are not equal so what should you look for to find the best doctor for you? Good Standing with the AMA – It’s easy to go to the American Medical Association and do a search by name or by specialty to find out if the doctor that you are considering is in good standing. The site will also give you his hospital affiliation, his education background, and his or her residency training. Here is the link to the AMA’s website: ama-assn.org Click on the You and Your Doctor tab, and then Is your Doctor a Member.
Board Certified – The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), is a not-for-profit organization, that assists 24 approved medical specialty boards in the development and use of standards in the evaluation and certification of physicians. Board Certified physicians make a commitment to keep current in their area of specialty. With the rapid changes in the medical profession it is critical the your physician be Board Certified. Here is a link to the ABMS site where you can learn more: abms.org/
Peer Recognition – The best source of a medical referral is the physicians peer group. The Best of the US is a website that recognizes the best in ten professions, including doctors. They search the medical field for those physicians are in good standing with the AMA, are Board Certified, have been recognized as leaders in their field, and in many case the teachers of their area of specialty. Physicians can also become listed by being nominated for inclusion by other physicians.
Search the Internet – The internet will tell you everything you need to know about the physicians that you are considering. If he or she has written books, papers, or articles you’ll find it on the internet. If he or she is or has been sued you’ll find it her. If he or she has been recognized as one of the best of class you’ll find it here.