Where do you go to find a new doctor, or health care professional? How do you know if your doctor is licensed or board certified?
Here are some resources to help you find information about health professionals. These tools allow you to search in a variety of different ways - by physician name, by geographic area or by medical specialty. You can find a doctor's education and training, area of specialty, licensing information, and even malpractice claims.
The Oregon Medical Board licenses physicians and other health professionals such as acupuncturists. On this site, you can look up a physician or other healthcare provider, and find out when they were licensed, if their license is active and if they have malpractice claims filed against them. Be sure to read the information about what constitutes a claim against a physician.
DoctorFinder, sponsored by the American Medical Association, is a physician locator. It also provides basic professional information on amost every licensed physician in the United States, including doctors of medicine and osteopathic medicine.
DocFinder from AIM, the Administrators in Medicine, sponsors this site from which you can search for physicians anywhere in the United States. This list is only as complete as those State Boards that make the information available, however.
MedlinePlus, from the National Library of Medicine offers a comprehensive list of directories on its website. You can locate a physician by specialty or by geographic area. You can also find organizations for almost anything medical or health related. Organizations can be a good resource for information too. For instance, the American Headache Society has a page to help you locate a headache specialist?
Remember to always evaluate the information you find on the Internet and use websites you trust when researching medical information!