December 1997 AAOS Report

Site allows public to verify board certification on-line

The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) has a world wide web site - which allows the public to verify the board certification status of any physician certified by any of the 24 ABMS-member boards. The site also has a search service which allows people to find the names of board certified physicians of particular specialties within a zip code. The verification service is free to physicians, but ABMS charges $75 a year to list physicians by specialty and zip code in the search option. The >"Member Services" section of the Academy's home page has a public directory which allows people to find orthopaedic surgeons by city, state and zip code. The Academy's home page is

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