I "heard" and I can't remember where, that if they take a seminar in a particular procedure they are free to have at it.
NOT exactly. It is VERY state specific. Some states DO regulate which procedures doctors can perform. I believe NY is one of them but I could be wrong, it is hard to keep up with all 50.
However in general, as long as a physician is licensed in the state they can perform MOST procedures. That does not mean they won't end up in BIG trouble if they cause a lot of harm. While there is no law preventing a dermatologist from taking a few weekend seminars in plastic surgery and starting a practice in cosmetic surgery without being board certified in it, if he has several very bad outcomes and lawsuits as a result he could lose his license as a result. IF those results are tragic enough to cause death, there could also be criminal charges. That has actually happened in a few cases.
If a doctor buys a laser machine and takes the seminar, he can suddenly use it.
Which is EXACTLY the reason that the American Society of Plastic Surgeons recommends that all patients considering undergoing ANY cosmetic surgery procedure ensure that the surgeon they are consulting is a board certified plastic surgeon in good standing. There motto says it all:
Thousands of Member Surgeons
One High Standard
When you choose a doctor who is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS®), you can rest assured your surgeon is qualified to perform your surgery.
They only admit board certified plastic surgeons to the society.
Yet every year THOUSANDS of patients seeking cosmetic procedures go to non-board certified providers (some aren't even doctors at all) and get procedures done without asking if the practioner is qualified, board certified, or any of the other questions that should be asked before having surgery. Sometimes they want to save money, sometimes patients don't know any better. Either way the patient is the one who suffers the long term damage when they have cosmetic surgery with a poorly or completely unskilled provider.
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