The American Board of Plastic Surgery – Becoming a Diplomate

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American Board of Plastic Surgery
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Though Dr. Anthony Perrone focused on pharmaceutical work at the beginning of his career, he now puts his MD to work in the field of plastic surgery. At MaineGeneral Medical Center, Anthony Perrone, MD, serves as chief of plastic surgery. He has been a diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery since 2010.

The American Board of Plastic Surgery was started in 1937 as interest in plastic surgery began to grow. Four years later, the American Medical Association recognized the discipline of plastic surgery to be worthy of a major specialty board.

To become board certified in plastic surgery, candidates must pass a set of examinations. The written exam is designed to test factual knowledge across many facets of plastic surgery.

A second examination, given orally, presents candidates with scenarios designed to test judgment and reasoning. Candidates are expected to explain and defend their strategies and often are faced with additional problems and complications.

Physicians become diplomates of the board after passing both exam sections. Certification expires after 10 years, requiring diplomates to engage in ongoing professional development to maintain their credentials.