Resolution 18-201

Submitted by Virginia Society of Plastic Surgery

WHEREAS,       survival in the modern marketplace requires promotion of a physician’s practice and credentials in various advertising media, and

WHEREAS,       most practitioners do so ethically, there is currently a loophole in Virginia’s regulations that can be exploited, and

WHEREAS,       Virginia’s regulations require disclosure of the name of the specialty board, but does not specify that that such a board must be a legitimate educational body, and

WHEREAS,       healthcare consumers may not be able to distinguish between legitimate boards and less reputable organizations thereby devaluing the term board-certified to Virginia patients seeking an adequately trained and qualified physician, and

WHEREAS,       boards with lower standards may pose a risk to patient safety in the Commonwealth, and

WHEREAS,       there is a national coalition concerned about this issue comprised of the American Medical Association, American Academy of Dermatology Association, American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, American College of Emergency Physicians, American Osteopathic Association, American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Association, and American Society of Plastic Surgeons, therefore be it

RESOLVED,     the Medical Society of Virginia supports specifying that “board-certified” must refer to an American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), American Osteopathic Association Board Certification (AOA), or other boards that maintain similarly high standards of certification.


This is much needed and smart. We need protections for our patients who may not be able to differentiate between a board which is rigorous and one that is not.


Kathryn Maloy MD, MPH, FACOG 

Alexandria VA 

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