So, your doctor has suggested that you see a gastroenterology specialist. You should know that you are in good hands:
Board Certified doctors voluntarily meet additional standards beyond basic licensing. They demonstrate their expertise by earning Board Certification through one of the 24 Member Boards that are part of the not-for-profit American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). Before a doctor can become Board Certified, each must complete: four years of premedical education in a college or university; a course of study leading to an MD or DO degree from a qualified medical school and three to five years of full-time experience in an accredited residency training program.
- American Board of Medical Specialties
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Who Does Your Procedure Matters
There have been several studies that point to the same conclusion - who does your procedure matters. Board Certified Gastroenterologists are more likely to find polyps than other providers during a routine colonoscopy screening.
It really boils down to experience. If you do the same thing many times a day, you are going to be better at it than someone who maybe performs the same task once per week. That experience makes it more likely to find polyps that are small or in difficult locations.
A separate study looked at the "quality" of a screening. Quality was defined by the doctor's personal adenoma detection rate (ADR); this rate is determined by what percentage of that doctor's patients have an adenoma (a precancerous polyp) removed. It is recommended to find a physician whose ADR is at least 20%.
You, as the patient, have the right to ask for your doctor's statistics. Dr. Sameer Islam's ADR is 45%. Find out more about Dr. Islam.