Board-Certification means the doctor cares enough to put the patient’s best interest at heart, ahead of his or her own. Board-Certification is not a one-off event. To maintain board-certification, the doctor must continue ongoing medical education (CME) to keep abreast of the latest new techniques, devices, and medications as they emerge. The doctor must maintain a license to practice medicine, pass the scrutiny of his/her peers, and maintain credentials and privileges in a hospital. It’s like a periodic check-up on the doctor’s ability and skills. Board-certification takes time. It takes time away from our practice and from our families. There is studying, reading, form-filling, and exam-taking. While it may not be fun, it is essential to maintaining and promoting the best of plastic surgery for our patients.