Corpus Christi (Kiii News) — There are few people who can have as direct an impact on your life as your physician. It is a very important relationship. As with all relationships it is best to enter into it with as much knowledge about the other person as possible. Although there are many safeguards that ensure a doctor's safety there are still a number of factors that should be known about your doctor. One of the important factors is whether or not the doctor is board certified in the field that they are practicing.

This can easily be checked by either calling the Medical Society or checking on-line. Another resource is also the Texas Medical Board which can give you information about a physician. Your primary care physician is a good resource as well. They are generally knowledgeable about physicians and surgeons in the area who have a good reputation.

For each medical specialty, there is a specific board assigned for example- as a General Surgeon I am Board Certified in General Surgery by the American Board of Surgery and for Plastic Surgery I am Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. You can look up the board and easily look up your doctor on their website. It is also always good to do your homework before entrusting your health to someone.

Stay connected with 3News for the latest news, sports, and weather. Download the KIII-TV 3News app now.

Have an idea for a story? Send news tips to, and visit us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!