Board certification holds surgeons accountable for excellence and gives patients an added level of trust and security—something I want all my patients to experience.
Austin, TX (PRWEB) December 04, 2014
Dr. Joel Gotvald, MD, FACS, RPVI, founder of Austin Vein Specialists, underwent and passed recertification examinations through the American Board of Surgery and the Vascular Board of the American Board of Surgery in October 2014.
The American Board of Surgery (ABS) is a non-profit organization that has assessed qualifications of professionals in the field of surgery for over 70 years. According to the organization, while not every doctor is required to become board certified, those who voluntarily take exams to receive and maintain certification demonstrate a commitment to “lifelong learning and quality patient care.”
In 1976, the ABS began to require re-certification in order for surgeons to maintain valid certificates. To maintain board certification, surgeons must “demonstrate a commitment to professionalism, continuing education, and practice improvement” as well as pass a written exam known as the Maintenance of Certification Examination (MOC) every 10 years.
The 5-hour General Surgery MOC Examination consists of about 200 multiple-choice questions that test a surgeon’s knowledge and clinical judgment. The 6-hour Vascular Surgery MOC Examination consists of about 240 multiple-choice questions that test a surgeon’s knowledge and clinical judgment. By passing both exams, Dr. Gotvald extended his certifications for general and vascular surgery through December 2022 and December 2027, respectively.
“Board certification is a voluntary but necessary part of meeting my own personal standards of quality,” commented Dr. Gotvald. “Board certification holds surgeons accountable for excellence and gives patients an added level of trust and security—something I want all my patients to experience,” he added.
To learn more about Dr. Joel Gotvald’s certifications and awards or to learn about Austin Vein Specialists’ vein treatments, visit http://www.austinvaricosevein.com/austin-vein-treatments.
About Austin Vein Specialists (Dr. Joel Gotvald, MD, FACS, RPVI)
Austin Vein Specialists is Austin’s leading vein treatment clinic, founded by Dr. Joel Gotvald, a double board certified vein surgeon who has dedicated his medical practice to treating vein disease. Austin Vein Specialists offers treatments for varicose veins, spider veins, and facial/nose veins. Treatment options include endovenous laser treatment, radiofrequency ablation, sclerotherapy, vein injections, and more.
Dr. Joel Gotvald is certified by the American Board of Surgery in both general and vascular surgery. He is also certified as a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and as a Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation by The American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS). Named a Top Vascular Surgeon for 2014 by HealthTap and selected by Castle Connelly as a Top Doctor®, Dr. Gotvald is committed to quality care and patient satisfaction. To learn more, visit http://www.austinvaricosevein.com or call (512) 339-9100.