Additional Information about Board Certification

Dr Fechner Board CertificationTo most patients and referring physicians, Board Certification represents an important consideration in one’s choice of a facial plastic surgeon. We recognize that the issue of Board Certification can be quite confusing, even to doctors themselves. Dr. Fechner is a Diplomate of the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ABFPRS). This Board Certification in facial plastic surgery ensures that Dr. Fechner has met the scrupulous principles and standards of the ABFPRS.

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Dr. Fechner’s ABFPRS Board Certification indicates that:

1. After medical school, he has completed a residency program in one of two surgical specialties with major focus on facial plastic surgery, i.e. otolaryngology – head & neck surgery or plastic surgery;

2. Dr. Fechner is double board certified, that means he has earned certification in one of these specialties through the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS);

3. He has successfully completed a two-day oral and written examination exclusively ensuring his thorough knowledge in facial plastic & reconstructive surgery.

4. Dr. Fechner has substantial clinical experience in facial plastic surgery. He submitted for peer-review an acceptable record of at least two years’ clinical experience, including operative reports of at least 100 facial plastic surgery procedures.

5. He holds proper licensure in the state of medical practice; and

6. Adheres to the ABFPRS Code of Ethics.

What is a “Board”?

An independent organization that set forth standards for the evaluation process of medical specialties is called a “Board”. To be board certified means that the physician has completed all training and practice requirements published by that particular board. For instance, the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology can only certify whether a particular physician completed standards of this specialty.

An overlooking organization of many, but not all, medical specialties is called the ABMS. Dr. Fechner is double board certified by both the ABO (a ABMS member) and the ABFPRS. The ABFPRS is the only American Board that certifies surgeons in the field of facial plastic & reconstructive surgery.

About the ABFPRS

Dr. Fechner is proud to be a Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon. The American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is located in Alexandria, Virginia.
http://www.abfprs.org

It states:

“The American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Inc.® was established in 1986 to improve the quality of medical and surgical treatment available to the public by examining for professional expertise in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery.

To carry out this mission, the Board has established a mechanism for the education, qualification, training, review, and certification of surgeons specializing in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery.
The specific objectives of the Board are:

  • To establish standards of qualification for facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons.
  • To determine which candidates fulfill these standards of qualification.
  • To conduct examinations of such candidates and issue certificates upon satisfactory completion of requirements.
  • To improve and broaden the opportunities for graduate education and training of facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons.

The Board is neither an educational institution nor a licensing body, and the certificates it issues are neither degrees nor legal licenses to practice medicine or the specialty of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. Possession of a Board certificate indicates neither total qualification for practice privileges nor exclusion of others not so certified. Board certification in no way limits the professional activities of any licensed physician in delivery of legitimate healthcare services. Finally, certification implies no intent by the Board for its diplomates to gain special privileges, recognition, or hospital staff positions or to define who shall or shall not perform facial plastic and reconstructive procedures. The Board is not a primary source of censure or primary review of ethical problems.”

About the ABO

One of the pre-requisites for becoming a Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon is to be certified by The American Board of Otolaryngology. The ABO is located in Houston, Texas.
http://www.aboto.org

It states:

“The American Board of Otolaryngology (ABOto) was founded and incorporated in 1924, and is the second oldest of the twenty-four member boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). The Board is a non-profit corporation, and the directors and examiners, with the exception of the Executive Vice President and the Examination Chairman, receive no compensation.

Founding members included two representatives from each of the following specialty organizations: the American Laryngological Association, the American Otological Society, the American Laryngological, Rhinological and Otological Society, the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology, and the Section on Laryngology, Otology and Rhinology of the American Medical Association. This group of ten founding members, delegated authority by the above organizations, was established as the ABOto.

Since then, several other organizations have become sponsoring organizations: the American Broncho-Esophagological Association (1947), the American Society for Head and Neck Surgery (1947), the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (1971), the American Society of Ophthalmologic and Otolaryngologic Allergy (1974), the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology (1989), the American Neurotology Society (1991), the American Rhinologic Society (1994), the Association of Academic Departments of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (1995), and the Society of University Otolaryngologists-Head and Neck Surgeons (1995).”

About the ABMS

The American Board of Medical Specialties is located in Evanston, Illinois.
http://www.abms.org

It states:

“Established in 1933, the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), a not-for-profit organization comprising 24 medical specialty Member Boards, is the pre-eminent entity overseeing the certification of physician specialists in the United States. The primary function of ABMS is to assist its Member Boards in developing and implementing educational and professional standards to evaluate and certify physician specialists. By participating in these initiatives, ABMS also serves as a unique and highly influential voice in the healthcare industry, bringing focus and rigor to issues involving specialization and certification in medicine. ABMS is a designated primary equivalent source of credential information.

Our Mission

ABMS is the organization that establishes standards for physician specialty certification and Maintenance of Certification (MOC), including performance assessment. ABMS communicates information about these standards to support the public’s quest for safe, high-quality healthcare.

Our Vision

Our vision is to be a leader in improving the safety and quality of medical care through ABMS policies and the physician certification processes of Member Boards.


Our Purpose

Our purpose is to establish and maintain high standards for the delivery of safe, quality medical care by certified physician specialists.”