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9 years 4 months ago #27382 by Patricia
OOPs! Thanks Mike...sometimes i have too many irons in the fire.....Anyway other than looking at the top cancer centers and university center Hospitals and zooming in on the specialists credentials and other vital info...and some are waaaay better than others in listing those..
If your are looking for a specialist, make sure he/she is board-certified in his/her respective field of specialty.
Make sure no disciplinary actions has been instituted.
Look closely at malpractice judgments, and how many have been brought against the practitioner (more than three is not good)
Find out if he/she is fellowship-trained in their specialty field. This-is usually a good sign.
Look for hospital affiliations or membership affiliations; the more there are, the better.

Research to see if they have teaching responsibilities at any hospitals etc.
Look for a physician or surgeon who has been practicing medicine for five years or more.
Research to see if they have teaching responsibilities at any hospitals or other medical institutions.
Find out how much of the physician’s practice focuses on the medical condition/surgery you request.
Find out if the physician/surgeon has any awards, or is involved in his/her community.
Research a Doctor

How do I research a doctor? The Internet is loaded with many sites which claim to have information about doctors’ credentials information. And yes, most of them do; however, you want to make sure you get more than just a doctor’s license number and contact information. For more comprehensive information, consider contacting the following sources.

Your local library
Your state medical board
The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), a non-profit organization comprising 24 medical specialty boards.
The medical society relevant to your intended physician or surgeon’s field of specialty.
American Medical Association , if a member ( and i have found that many are not members and that does not disqualify them...its a $$$$ thing)
Pat

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9 years 4 months ago #27380 by mmc
Pat,

The link you posted above takes me to a site talking about shingles vaccine. I think you meant this link for a different response.

If you do have a link on checking doctors out, I think it would be great to post here.

I know I checked my doc's background on the hospital website and it had a lot of detail (including his resume).

I've seen some websites that give "teaser" information to get you to buy a membership or a report but I've never gone in for that.

Mike

Age 54
10/31/06 dx CIS (TisG3) non-invasive (at 47)
9/19/08 TURB/TUIP dx Invasive T2G3
10/8/08 RC neobladder(at 49)
2/15/13 T4G3N3M1 distant metastases(at 53)
9/2013 finished chemo -cancer free again
1/2014 ct scan results....distant mets
2/2014 ct result...spread to liver, kidneys, and lymph...

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9 years 4 months ago #27316 by Patricia
well yes and no.........read this ..gives some good pointers on how good your physician might be and that information is almost always available in the Doctors profile at the Cancer Center or University he is affiliated with.
http://www.ccjm.org/content/76/1/45.short?rss=1
How long has he been in practice.
What was his fellowship in?
Does he specialize in your problem? How many cases a year?
etc.....
Pat

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9 years 4 months ago #27301 by tinytown7
is there a free website to check on doctors back round:unsure:

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