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Today, laser surgery is not taught in most medical schools, or in residency programs in most of the recognized medical specialties. It is learned primarily in postgraduate education, much of which is offered by laser manufacturers themselves. There are unfortunately many scalpel-skilled physicians who are not fully qualified to use lasers in surgery, despite that these are dangerous machines that require specialized knowledge of laser physics and training in order to be used safely.
The American Board of Laser Surgery has been keenly aware of this as in the past several years many of our applicants for certification have come from the fields of cosmetic laser surgery and dermatology. Those who have passed our rigorous examinations and become Diplomates of the Board have found that the Certificate of the ABLS is a valuable credential for them in attracting patients. Our certification process also provides a solid foundation in fundamental laser science, light-tissue interaction and laser safety that is beneficial to any practitioner who uses, or plans to use, lasers in medical practice.
The Board has certified over 500 Diplomates worldwide, including Canada, Europe, South America, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Malaysia and Australia among others, as well as the United States. Our Diplomates have found preparing for and taking the Board's examinations to be a valuable learning experience. You may read a few testimonials from physicians who have successfully completed the certification process.
The Cosmetic Physicians Society of Australasia, based in Australia, adopted the examinations of the Board as their own in the year 2000.
There are three steps to earning the Board's Certification: (1) submitting an Application Form; (2) receiving and assimilating the study materials for the Written Examinations, which can be taken at any time online within one year of receipt of the study materials on an open-book basis; and finally (3) sitting for the Oral Specialty Examination, which is designed to evaluate the candidate's clinical experience. The Oral Examination is most often administered by web conference by one or more of the Board's senior Diplomates who are in the same overall specialty as the candidate (an in-person examination may be requested).
The Study Materials were developed and selected by members of the Board for the purpose of specifically advancing knowledge. The Study Materials and the Written Examinations are truly unique, and the ABLS is currently the only medical specialty board worldwide that offers certification in laser medicine. Please see a sample of the Study Materials.
The minimum passing score for the Written Examinations is 80%. About 10-15% of candidates do not pass the written examinations on the first attempt, even with an open-book policy, which attests to the examinations' rigor. Only a small percentage earn a score of 95% or higher, indicating that there is an opportunity for nearly every candidate to expand his or her knowledge. Any candidate who does not pass an examination on the first attempt, may re-take that examination without prejudice for an additional fee.
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