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This online manual has been prepared to supply information concerning requirements for certification by the American Board of Dermatology.

All queries concerning the requirements for certification or other matters with which the Board is concerned, should be directed to the Executive Director of the Board. In view of the nature and significance of the decisions made, communications between the Executive Director and the candidates should be in writing.

The American Board of Dermatology is one of 24 medical specialty boards that make up the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). Through ABMS, the boards work together to establish common standards for physicians to achieve and maintain board certification. The boards were founded by their respective specialties to protect the public by assessing and certifying doctors who meet specific educational, training and professional requirements. The American Board of Dermatology is an independent, non-profit organization. For more information about ABMS, visit www.abms.org.

ABMS and the specialty boards are accountable both to the public and the medical profession through:

    • Helping Patients by providing information about the board certification process and identifying board certified physicians.
    • Supporting Physicians by creating programs that assist doctors to stay current in their field and improve their practice.
    • Collaborating with Healthcare Leaders to foster initiatives for the promotion and monitoring of healthcare quality.
    • Transforming Healthcare by increasing awareness of the importance of board certification and lifelong learning in assuring quality care.

The American Board of Dermatology, in conjunction with the American Board of Pathology, has established a mechanism for subspecialty certification in Dermatopathology. A mechanism for subspecialty certification has also been established in Pediatric Dermatology.