Specialty Board Advertising
Business and Professions Code section 651(h)(5)(A)&(B) prohibits physicians
from advertising that they are board certified unless they are certified by:
- an ABMS member specialty board;
- a specialty board with an ACGME accredited postgraduate training program; or
- a specialty board with "equivalent" requirements approved by the Medical Board of
California's Licensing Program.
The Medical Board has approved the following four specialty boards:
Therefore, unless physicians are certified by a specialty board, as defined by law,
physicians are prohibited from using the term "board certified" in their advertisements.
The law does not, however, prohibit the advertising of specialization, regardless
of board certification status, nor does it prohibit the use of diplomate, member,
approved by, or any other term that is subject to interpretation by prospective