Originally Posted by gogogadget
Is he board certified for ANYTHING?!
If I finished medical school/residency (no matter what residency), I could operate on your spine if I wanted to. I have the legal right to do that as an MD. I could operate on your eyeball... I could put you to sleep with anesthesia, I could read your CT scans, I could give you chemotherapy. I could do pretty much whatever the heck I wanted to. I don't have to be board certified in anything. As long as I have a full license to practice medicine, I don't need to be board certified.
That said, I would get sued for doing things over my head, no hospital would let me do those type of things (i would need to fund my own private facility, and have a private practice), patients would have to be dumb enough to let, for example, a generalist do breast augmentation or labiaplasty on them, and after enough malpractice problems I would be banned from practicing medicine. Unfortunately a lot of doctors do get away with practicing in areas they're not qualified for a long time before that happens.