Definitions for "Board Certification"
A process by which a physician who has been tested for proficiency in a medical specialty or subspecialty, by a medical specialty board, has passed those tests and therefore been certified as proficient in that medical specialty.
A status awarded by a professional association indicating that the health care practitioner has met specific standards of knowledge and clinical skill within a specified field. The board certification process usually involves passing a written and oral examination administered by the professional certification committee.
A physician who is board certified has pursued advanced training in his or her specialty and has passed a qualifying examinations; a physician who is board eligible has received the training but has not taken or passed the exam.