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Pediatric Neurological Surgery: We received the first group of records with the Focused Practice designation of Pediatric Neurological Surgery. To find a complete list on BCD, select Pediatric Neurological Surgery from the Focused Practice field on the Advanced Search page.

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Temporary Delays in certification and license updates

During the current COVID-19 crisis, several boards are struggling with the increased demands for information about various health care providers. Many also face the additional challenge of adjusting their own infrastructure to make it possible for staff to work remotely.

Obviously, those demands take priority. As a result, it's possible there may be a delay in some updates for certain physician profiles. Fortunately, many regulatory agencies have also relaxed their policies and regulations in response to the crisis and the request from the Secretary of Health and Human Resources (the Secretary).

If a certificate shows an expiration date or reverification date that's in the past, but it is NOT labeled "Not Certified", the status is still considered to be CERTIFIED under a grace period. If you have a question about a specific profile, please click the Send Feedback link at the bottom of that profile to send us your questions about that physician (the subject line will be auto-populated with the ID # for that physician). We will attempt to investigate, but we have been advised that the responses may be slower than usual, based on higher priority needs.

If the state license appears to be out of date, or a particular state is missing, be aware that the Secretary has urged rapid implementation of the states' ability to modify or temporarily suspend state licensing requirements to allow out-of-state professionals to practice accross states. FSMB is also temporarily allowing free access to their PSV profile service for healthcare organizations. Details can be found at this link       . They may have some updates available quicker than their monthly updates to us.

As always, we will display updates on BCD as quickly as they are received.

CRITICAL changes to your subscription

On January 3, 2020 the primary contacts on all active BCD subscriptions were notified by email that ABMS has made a strategic decision to realign its certification business to provide client services directly. As part of that change, Elsevier's status as an Official Display Agent will be discontinued at the end of 2020.

Nothing will change until your expiration date. You can still count on certification data updates and full access to all profiles and features through your account's expiration date. We will not be able to renew any subscriptions.

Please be certain that the person in charge of your subscription received that email. The subject line matches the title at the top of this message. (Select Account Info from the left menu to see who should have received that email). It also included your account expiration date and contact information to arrange for another subscription service through ABMS Solutions to take effect after your BCD subscription expires.

A letter was also mailed to the billing address on each BCD account with the same information referenced in the email. If your organization has not received the notifications, please contact                                           to request a copy of the Critical Changes email.

Published in Cooperation with ABMS is published by Elsevier in cooperation with the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). This authoritative reference tool provides certification status and complete biographical and professional information about board certified physicians. It is designed to help a wide range of professionals and businesses in the medical community with credential verification, referrals, research and more.

At BoardCertifiedDocs you can check a physician's board certification status, medical education and work history. With twice per month certification updates and daily biographical updates, BoardCertifiedDocs provides instant access to complete profiles on more than 1 million board certified physicians.

The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) is recognized as a primary source of board certification information and has been designated by the ABMS as an Official Display Agent and provides this primary source data on the organization's behalf. NOTE: Board certification information (which includes MOC) is reported by the ABMS Member Boards. As a Display Agent, we display what the boards report through ABMS and we cannot change that information on the profiles. If there is a question about certification or MOC data on a profile, please contact the Editorial team (see the Contact Us page), to investigate discrepancies with ABMS.

The profiles on Board Certified Docs meet the requirements from The Joint Commission (TJC), the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), Utilization Review Accreditation Commission (URAC) and Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). To view and print the Official Display Agent letter click here.

About My Alerts

Save your searches or lists of individual specialists to your account. You will receive an e-mail message when any of the saved information has been updated, alerting you to the change(s). 

You can choose to be notified when a saved profile has only a certification update or for any change. In addition, you will be notified when a physician is added or deleted from your search results, based on saved criteria.

The alerts lists are organized so those with the most recent changes will appear at the top. The My Alerts feature is also available to customers who are recognized by their IP address.

Quick Start Guide: Overview of tools, features, where to find information and other details by topic all on one page!


We provide several webinars on various topics. These short videos highlight the search features as well as tips for using the site and the resources available on BCD. Click the links below to watch the webinars and remember to turn on your audio.
Webinar 1: Orientation and General Info 5:41
Webinar 2: Advanced Search-Credentialing 6:41
Webinar 3: Advanced Search-Physician Recruiters 7:41
Webinar 4: Mini Subscriptions 3:03
Webinar 5: Search Results 6:25
Webinar 6: Alerts 6:43
Webinar 7: Batch Search 3:44

NAMSS Presentations

These short videos are the same topics presented at our booth during the NAMSS conference. They focus on key topics, BCD features and tools for our subscribers. Click the links below to watch the videos today.

Alerts Don't worry-automatic notices
New User Tools How to get the most out of your subscription
Top 100 Search multiple people at one time. Now that's multitasking!
Update on MOC Latest changes
Licensed Docs Identify docs who are not board certified

The BCD Buzz
May 2019 Issue Reverification Date Changes, BCD Enhancements, Alerts Feature and more! October 2019 Issue New Retired Status, AOA data removed, Licensed Docs available and NAMSS!

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  • Archived Issues: 2011-2018
    • March 2011 Issue MOC, 90 day rule, search tips and contact info.

    • June 2011 Issue New features, announcements, NAMSS, other search field and necrology.

    • September 2011 Issue New MOC model and new BCD profile display.

    • December 2011 Issue Certificate changes, Tips, NAMSS Button Winners, MOC Follow up and more!

    • February 2012 Issue Peds reverification dates, ObGyn updates, search tips and resources.

    • May 2012 Issue Improved Batch Search, Conferences, ABIM and ABU updates and survey.

    • August 2012 Issue MOC changes, Focused Practice, NAMSS and email notifications.

    • November 2012 Issue General Certificates, NAMSS Recap and 2013 State Conferences.

    • February 2013 Issue Time-limited expiration dates, My Alerts and April Conferences.

    • May 2013 Issue News you can use, state conferences, MOC chart and adding users to BCD.

    • September 2013 Issue Board updates and NAMSS conference details.

    • November 2013 Issue State License Data, Search tips, NEW subspecialty, NAMSS winners.

    • March 2014 Issue New eNewsletter Design! News You Can Use, New Sub-specialties, Peds Updates and NPI Numbers.

    • June 2014 Issue ABIM MOC, ABS Updates and News and Announcements Summary

    • September 2014 Issue Helpful tips, News summary and NAMSS

    • February 2015 Issue ABIM policy updates, Using the Batch Search and News and Announcements Summary

    • June 2015 Issue New search options, Webinars, Printing Profiles and News and Announcements Summary

    • Sept 2015 Issue New user tools, News and Announcements recap; Visit us at NAMSS and a new way to Access BCD

    • February 2016 Issue Certification Updates Twice per Month, Meeting MOC Requirements Transition, News and Announcements Re-Cap and more!

    • June 2016 Issue Changes in Browser Support, Improved Batch Search, New Interface, Puerto Rico State License Data and New Webinars!

    • November 2016 Issue Hematopathology First Exam, Search and Alerts Webinars, Edge-U-Cate Classes and NAMSS Winners.

    • February 2017 Issue BCD Anniversary, Reverification Dates and Expired Certifications, Addiction Med First Exam, New Sub-specialty Approved, Mailing Lists and Contact Info
      June 2017 Issue Special one time print issue mailed in June. It includes tips, tricks and news you may have missed on our website.
      September 2017 Issue New Features, Focused Practice Profile Changes,BCD Enhancements, Visit us at NAMSS and News and Announcements Recap.
      April 2018 Issue ABR Converted Certificates, Certificaton Updates, New Certificate in Addiction Medicine and New email address to contact us.
      December 2018 Issue Osteopathic certifications added, announcements and end of year certificate expire dates.