From comments by reporters during or after my watching the meeting between LAPD and the good doctor, it was said that CM was not, or is no longer, board-certified in either his specialty, Internal Medicine, nor his sub-specialty, Cardiology. That is very unusual and/or a bit suspicious. Here is some general reading about certification: What Is Medical Board Certification? Why Is It Important for a Doctor to Be Board Certified? By Trisha Torrey, About.com Guide Updated September 23, 2011 A medical "board" is an organization that doctors become a part of by meeting the requirements for membership. Whether that doctor is a specialist, or is a primary care physician, the doctor may decide that demonstrating that level of competency will enhance her esteem among colleagues and patients. It will improve her career standing as well. Approximately 90% of all practicing physicians in the U.S. are board-certified. While being board-certified guarantees a doctor has met a minimum competency requirement, the same cannot be said for those who are not board-certified. Non-certified doctors may be more or less competent. They may not be board-certified because they have not made application for their certification credential, because they have been turned down for membership, or because they have lost the credential for failing to continue meeting the minimum requirements...." http://patients.about.com/od/doctorsandproviders/a/boardcertificat.htm BBM It stuck me as quite unusual when I heard it because not being board-certified is just plain odd. My DH, who has been in Cardiology research for over 30 years heard the reporter comments and remarked that non-certification can keep physicians out of some hospitals and such a doctor is not a good candidate for being able to join a medical practice. Even an Internist (Internal Med. Specialist) who knows he/she is going on to pursue a sub-specialty such as cardiology, oncology, gastroenterology, infectious diseases, etc., etc., gets board-certified in Internal Medicine and then in his/her subspecialty because that's the way it is done. Certainly, hospitals want their staff or those to whom the hospital gives admitting privileges to be certified. Not to be certified is viewed as sub-standard and possibly suspicious.... Did anyone else hear the remarks about his not being board-certified? The reporters did not dwell on it since they didn't have time for many remarks, but DH and I both heard it... If the reporters were being factual about this, it is certainly bothersome.... and sad.