The Importance of Board Certification

All Albany Med medical staff must achieve and maintain board certification in their chosen specialty. "Board Certification" means that a physician has met all training and educational requirements set forth by the American Board of Medical Specialties or the equivalent certification in order to be considered a specialist in a particular medical field.

All of our physicians also must demonstrate involvement in Continuing Medical Education (CME), an ongoing educational process that includes attendance at national meetings, attendance at lectures and conferences, and other activities. Albany Medical Center believes that this is an important part of maintaining high quality state-of-the-art medical care for our patients.

All Albany Medical Center physicians are required to receive their Board Certification within five years of joining the staff. Since Albany Medical Center is one of just 128 academic health sciences centers in the country – institutions with a teaching hospital and a medical school – the Medical Center also has teaching programs in all areas of service and all physician staff members educate future physicians.

All of our physicians must obtain privileges to perform specific procedures. This means that our physician staff has demonstrated the training and expertise to perform a procedure independently and without supervision by another physician.

For more terms and information about the medical staff at Albany Med, visit the
Medical Staff Title & Terminology page.