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Board Certified vs. Non-Board Certified Physicians

There are abundant rumors flying around concerning the death of Michael Jackson. As hard as it is at this point to distinguish fact from fiction, certain facts are emerging.

The physician who was in attendance at the time of Michael Jackson's death, Dr. Conrad Murray, is not board certified. BOARD CERTIFIED means that the doctor must meet the criteria of your local health department to be able to call himself a Board Certified internist, cardiologist, surgeon, pediatrician, etc. In addition, hospitals will generally not allow a doctor who is not board certified to affiliate with them.

Here is the kicker: by calling himself a cardiologist, Dr. Murray DID NOT COMMIT A CRIME. As long as he holds a valid license to practice medicine, he can list his specialty in whatever field of medicine he chooses, be it gynecologist, pediatrician, general practitioner, surgeon, cardiologist, whatever.

This may explain, somewhat, why Dr. Murray proved to be so inept at treating Michael Jackson (like electing to give CPR while Michael was laying on the bed).

So, if you are ever required to search for a doctor, you may want to be sure that doctor is board certified. It may make a difference one day.

Spivey


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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