Dr. Ed Breazeale: Member of the American Board of Medical Specialties

Plastic surgeon Dr. Ed Breazeale dedicates his life to helping his patients at The Breazeale Clinic for Plastic Surgery in Tennessee, where he offers cutting-edge techniques in many surgical and non-surgical treatments that enhance the appearance. Dr. Ed Breazeale also commits himself to furthering his field, and belongs to a number of professional organizations, including the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), where he also has completed a Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program.

The ABMS oversees U.S. certification of doctors’ specialties and subspecialties, assists 24 medical specialty boards in physician certification and evaluation, and develops standards and programs for this purpose. The ABMS serves as a primary source of credential information and also aids physicians in maintaining their certification throughout their careers. The ABMS MOC requires the assessment of six ongoing disciplines for physicians and ensures that they commit to a lifetime of continuing education.

The disciplines include medical knowledge, practice-based learning, symptoms-based practice, patient care, professionalism, and interpersonal and communication skills. The MOC serves as a way for physicians to remain accountable, and through the program, doctors demonstrate their commitment to patients. The benefits to a physician who participated in the MOC program include focused learning and reduced insurance premiums, among others.

Patients benefit from the program in that they experience better communication with the physician and fewer medical errors in their care. Hospitals, insurers, and organizations that provide credentials all recognize the program as a benchmark of quality. Numerous major medical associations support the MOC, including the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, The Joint Commission, the Federation of State Medical Boards, the Association of American Medical Colleges, the National Board of Medical Examiners, and many more. The MOC evaluates physicians who hold a current, unrestricted U.S. or Canadian medical license.

Physicians must participate in various education programs that meet standards that have been developed by their member boards, and they must take tests that measure their quality of care in their field. The ABMS evaluates physicians in clinical settings to ensure they provide the highest in patient care and meet national benchmarks. The ABMS offers a host of board certification-related publications, such as Annual Review, the ABMS Guide to Physician Specialties, and Certificate Statistics. In addition, books are available on a variety of other subjects, including performance evaluation, hospital privileging, certification exams, and medical education.

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