Board Certified Physician Law and Legal Definition

A board-certified physician is a physician who has taken and passed a medical specialty educational program and evaluation process approved by the American Board of Medical Specialties. They are physicians who have passed a postgraduate examination designed to assess the knowledge, skills, and experience required to provide quality patient care in a specific specialty and to assess the clinical ability that leads to staff appointments, promotions, clinical privileges, increased fees, and reduced malpractice premiums. For example, a physician who has undergone 3 years of training in an approved pediatric residency must successfully complete a comprehensive written examination to be designated as board-certified physician by the American Board of Pediatrics.