My main area of practice is postmortem forensic toxicology. Being board certified in toxicological chemistry shows my colleagues, regulatory agencies, and the courts that I also have competence in the interpretation of test results pertaining to living individuals. Also, due to the continuing education requirements associated with this certification, I can better evaluate different case types with confidence that my skill set remains current with the latest clinical laboratory developments.
Being ABCC certified allows me to be confident that I can compete for clinical chemistry/toxicology positions across the country. From a clinical licensing perspective, having ABCC certification was essential to obtaining a Clinical Chemist director license in the State of California. To me, someone with ABCC certification signifies that they are commitment to our profession and have achieved a high level of success.
My board certifications in clinical chemistry and toxicological chemistry have provided me with professional and career opportunities that would be unattainable otherwise. The academic rigor required to successfully obtain ABCC certification is recognized by many as the most comprehensive and intensive in its class. As a practicing clinical chemist in the United States, obtaining ABCC certification was the best choice I could have made.
I believe that ABCC diplomates are recognized as leaders in our field and that as a result my certification has opened many doors for me. The rigor of the ABCC certification process is one of the reasons our credentials continue to be so well-regarded. My ABCC diplomate status is a concrete representation of my commitment to continued growth and excellence in clinical chemistry and toxicological chemistry.
Becoming board certified in clinical chemistry has given me the opportunity to move into a high profile position at my institution. The credentials have also provided me with opportunities to moonlight as a forensic toxicology director and consult on project that would have otherwise been out of reach. I would highly recommend becoming a board certified Diplomate.
The ABCC credential speaks for itself—it indicates a level of knowledge, training, and expertise in our field. People with a variety of educational backgrounds may serve as clinical consultants, and board certification provides a common baseline. In my current position, I provide consultation to clients from across the United States, and board certification helps define my role.
Being board certified in clinical chemistry and toxicological chemistry gives me recognition amongst my peers as well as regulatory agencies. Having a nationally recognized certification gives me latitude to pursue career opportunities throughout the country.