Guest Author - danielle barone
Recently I had the confusing experience of interacting with someone who claimed to be an actual medical doctor, only to learn that they were not a real doctor. This experience, brings to mind the importance of verifying that a doctor is licensed and in good standing with the medical community.
In the U.S.A., a medical doctor is someone who undergoes many years of education and training, and receives certification and licensure to practice medicine in the United States of America.
The next time you visit your doctor for an exam, be sure to check out your doctors credentials. You can do this by simply asking your doctor what school they attended, and if they are a licensed Medical Doctor. You can also review your doctors office, and check for diplomas from accredited medical schools.
And of course the best way to review your doctors credentials is to log onto the website of The American Medical Association. On this site you can search for a doctor by name, and view that doctors credentials. A doctors history, as well as complaints made against a doctor can sometimes also be found.
A simple internet search can also give you information about a doctor. You will find that if the person is a reputable doctor, often times their name will immediately come up in the internet search with POSITIVE RESULTS.
Also if a doctor is not in good standing, has serious complaints or charges against them, or is someone impersonating a doctor, this information can sometimes come up in an internet search but not always. Having an internet search for a doctor return no results can sometimes also be a red flag, that the doctor does not exist. The best way to verify a doctors credentials is directly with The American Medical Association.
Verifying a doctors credentials as a certified medical doctor is an important aspect of caring for your health. After all, if you are trusting the care of your body and health to a doctor, it makes good sense to be assured that person is a good doctor with real credentials, as well as someone who is devoted to healing not harming.
You can find more information and doctor credentials available at The American Medical Association