How to Choose an ENT Doctor
What’s the difference between an Sinus Specialist and a primary care physician?
Sinus specialists have special training and tools to address issues specific to the sinuses, ears, nose and throat. Often a primary care physician will not have access to the specialized tools like low radiation CT scanners and endoscopic cameras that allow a specialist to make an truly detailed assessment of your condition. By coming into our facility you can save time and multiple trips across Atlanta for a diagnosis. Our team of specialists get you in, out and on your way in one fast visit.
How do I choose a sinus doctor?
The most important factor to take into account when choosing an otolaryngologist is board certification. The largest international certification organization for the treatment of the ear, nose and throat is the American Board of Otolaryngology (ABO). To qualify for certification, physicians must complete a four-year college degree, four years of medical school and at least five years of specialty training; they must then pass the ABO examination.
In order to find an sinus doctor that is best suited for you, compile a list of otolaryngologists in your area, eliminating any candidates who are not listed as board-certified. Then research how long have they’ve been practicing; the more experience a physician has, the more expertise and options they will be able to offer their patients.
Awards, Recognition and Publications
Any public involvement or recognition speaks to the expertise of the doctor and to their commitment in the field. A quick search online will reveal whether a doctor has a presence outside of his/her practice, which could indicate dedication to staying abreast of the latest research and techniques. Publications can also indicate the doctors’ credibility as well as willingness to share their knowledge for the benefit of the medical field and community. Find out if the doctor is involved with any types of medical organizations. A bonus is if the doctor has been featured in national and international medical publications as a medical expert on a variety of subjects.
In summary, if you suffer from allergies, sinus pressure and pain, or any other sinus related problems, seek the assistance of a qualified sinus specialist.