Your skin deserves the best treatments available, yet, many people do not seek out the best care. The experts in skin treatment are board certified Dermatologists, who are medical doctors that are specially trained after completing their medical degree in all aspects of skin disease, treatments, surgery and cosmetic procedures. Board certification by the American Board of Dermatology requires completion of a 4 year residency program in dermatology and extensive 2 day board test.

By choosing a Board Certified Dermatologist, you can be assured that they know about the very best treatments for your skin and how to avoid and treat any potential complications. Many consumers look for the best price or cheapest cosmetic procedures such as Botox and don’t even know who is administering the treatment to them. Unfortunately, cosmetic procedures are not very well regulated and someone who has had only a 1 day training course may be providing you the treatment. The majority of reported complications stem from non-board certified physicians or other so called “skin care experts”.

Any medical professional with board certification has achieved the rigorous standards set forth by the American Board of Medical Specialties, or ABMS. This organization dedicates its time to evaluating physicians across 24 different specialties, including the American Board of Surgery, the American Board of Family Medicine, and the American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics, to name a few. 

The American Board of Dermatology is responsible for overseeing dermatologists or doctors who specialize in skin health, since 1933 as a founding member. 

Requirements for Board Certification

To join the ranks, a physician must meet a series of requirements to show that they are professional, knowledgeable, and focused on furthering community health with their expertise. 

Doctors who have board certification have done the following:

  1. Finished four years of premed education at an accredited university
  2. Earned a medical degree from a qualified medical school, at which point they become board eligible
  3. Completed a full-time residency program spanning 3-7 years, during which time they must take a specialty certification exam
  4. Provided letters from program directors or faculty vouching for the board eligible doctor’s professionalism, skill, and expertise
  5. Received specialty certifications and joined the diplomates of their Member Board
  6. Continually participate in assessments and learning opportunities that demonstrate their commitment to high-quality patient care throughout their medical career.

Board Certification Ensures Your Dermatologist is Dedicated to Improving Patients’ Lives

Dermatology goes far beyond blemishes and bruises. While we are always excited to provide cosmetic services that improve our patient’s quality of life, board-certified dermatologists are focused on the bigger picture. 

Instead of temporary treatments for a teenager’s cystic acne, we search for the root of the problem and set them up for a lifetime of skincare success. 

Rather than dismissing a mole as a blemish to be rid of, we use it as a tool for early detection of skin cancer and stopping the disease before it becomes life-threatening. 

Perhaps most importantly, working with a board-certified dermatologist means that you have a professional in your corner who constantly seeks new technology, treatment options, and peer advice to help you feel safe, healthy, and happy in your skin. 

Dr. Briden at Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Institute is proudly board-certified and supervises all procedures, including those handled by our trusted certified physician assistants. Our patients receive the best care we can provide, backed by decades of professional medical training and practice. 

We encourage you to stop in to learn more about Dr. Briden’s dermatology experience and share your skin concerns. We’ll work together to create a treatment plan that works for your needs, from providing cosmetic services to identifying underlying conditions.