Newport Beach – Orange County Surgeon

Board Certification Matters

In order to practice medicine in the United States, doctors must be licensed from the state in which they work. While this basic licensing requirement does provide a minimum threshold in terms of quality of care, it doesn’t indicate whether or not a doctor is fully qualified and capable of working within a specific medical specialty.

The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) provides a more detailed and rigorous certification process. Board Certification matters because it is the benchmark against which doctors can be judged. As a fully certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Garrett A. Wirth has demonstrated thorough knowledge and skill in plastic surgery. Because he successfully maintains his Board Certification, patients can trust that his expertise is current and up-to-date, and that he is providing the safest and most effective treatments that are currently available.

How Does Board Certification Work?

To become Board Certified, a doctor must earn a bachelor’s degree, complete a course of study leading to an MD or DO degree from a fully recognized medical school, and spend three to five years working in a residency training program. Once these educational requirements have all been met, a doctor must then pass a challenging examination given by the specific Member Board in which the doctor intends to work. Plastic surgeons like Dr. Wirth must pass the examinations administered by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

Even after becoming certified, doctors are required to maintain their certification by actively studying current healthcare advancements and participating in the ABMS Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. In particular, the ABMS MOC program focuses on the following:

  • Licensure and professional standing: In order to maintain Board Certification, doctors must be in good standing with the state in which they practice, and must hold all necessary state certifications and licenses.
  • Lifelong learning and self-assessment: Doctors in the ABMS MOC program are required to stay informed about advances in their fields by studying journal articles, attending classes or conferences, and taking online exams.
  • Cognitive expertise: Doctors must put their up-to-date knowledge to the test by performing well on rigorous written examinations, commonly called “the boards.”
  • Practice performance assessment: From time to time, doctors who are Board Certified must have their performance evaluated through a series of patient surveys and doctor feedback. From these evaluations, doctors learn how best to improve the quality of care they provide.

What Does Board Certification Mean?

When a doctor is Board Certified, you know that he or she has undegone the rigorous training required to perform a challenging medical specialty like plastic surgery. You also know that your doctor has extensive hands-on experience. Because Dr. Wirth successfully maintains his Board Certification, his patients are confident in the care he provides, knowing that he meets the highest professional standards.

How Do I Know If My Doctor is Board Certified?

All doctors who are currently Board Certified are registered on the ABMS official website. Dr. Wirth is a fully certified, licensed, and currently practicing plastic surgery in Orange County. To schedule a consultation, contact Dr. Wirth at 949-706-9988.