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As a Florida dangerous doctor lawyer, I have sued a lot of doctors who have hurt or killed my clients. Many of them were educated outside of the United States, some here and a very few are graduates of the most prestigious medical schools.

I agree with a recent study that found that the best chance in avoiding a negligent physician is by confirming that they are Board Certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties, rather than where they were born or educated.

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A doctor can claim to be Board Certified and not be. That is because there are some “fringe” organizations that claim to certify physicians. Patients also need to know, being licenced to practice does not mean that the doctor has Board Certification. The ABMS has specific written and oral testing requirements to obtain Board Certification and NOT ALL specialties of medicine have recognized Board Certifications.

To confirm if your doctor is Board Certified call the ABMS: 866-275-2267.