Do you have all the information on your doctor? Conducting a background check into your doctor's credentials is important so you know that their license is current and they're the right type of specialist for you.
Here's how to check a doctor's credentials and background.
Start by Checking a Doctor's Credentials:
- Do they have a valid doctor’s license?
1. Look on the California State Medical Board website.
- Choose a license type
- You can search by name, license number, or location (using the advanced search)
- If your Doctor is an Osteopathic doctor you can look them up here.
- Contact the Medical Board of California: You can also email email@example.com or call 1-800-633-2322 to check a license or file a complaint
2. Are they board certified? The main boards are:
- American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS)
- The American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS)
- American Osteopathic Association (AOA)
- The American Board of Plastic Surgery
3. Are they licensed in other states?
Click here to see if your doctor is licensed in one or more of the 50 states.
Check Consumer Advocate Websites and Courts:
Check if the Doctor Has Been Sued:
- This may require a few searches and some creativity.
1. Google is usually a good place to start by combining your doctor's name with search terms like "lawsuit" or "malpractice."
2. You can also search the Superior Court website for your county here.
Doctor Rating Websites:
These can be a source of good information but the information may or may not be reliable. It also may not be complete and can be potentially influenced by paid marketing companies.