If you’re looking for medical treatment options, there’s no shortage of ways in which to turn. Personal references, telephone listings and that 21st Century wonder, the Internet, all make sure that your referral glass is at least half full.
The real trick, though, is finding the best choice. And it’s why, in a world full of information and choices, accreditation has become more important than ever.
Accreditation does more than carry the “seal of approval.” It’s your assurance that the practice and the practitioner you’re visiting truly are at the pinnacle in terms of professional skills and expertise.
“Our goal in becoming recognized really is part of our overall desire to provide the best possible service to our patients,” said Dr. P. Michael Schelkun, partner in the Center for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, one of the accredited practices at the Aesthetic Health Care Center. “By striving to achieve and retain accreditation, we are reaffirming our commitment to remain at the top level of practices within our field in the country.”
Dr. Schelkun is licensed as a physician and as a dentist in the State of Pennsylvania, he has published numerous papers on and is an acknowledged expert on the subject of facial reconstruction. His practice has established a reputation in a variety of areas, most notably facial reconstruction, removal of wisdom teeth and dental implants. But to the passing observer, his certifications offer a “topline” indication of the quality of his practice:
Board-Certified – This indicates that the practitioner not only has graduated from an accredited school, has completed residency and graduate training, and is licensed within the state, but that he or she has passed a rigorous written and oral examination process that has verified his or her educational and training qualifications. In Dr. Schelkun’s case, he is Board-Certified in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
Faculty, AO/ASIF – The Advancement for the Study of Internal Fixation is a leading body for specialists in the reconstruction of skeletal fractures. Dr. Schelkun’s faculty status in the association reaffirms that he is a leader in his field.
Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations (JCAHO) – The non-profit Joint Commission accredits more than 18,000 health care organizations nationwide. Joint Commission professionals interview staff and patients; review documents; examine physical surroundings; and observe care-giving procedures, and evaluate their findings against national standards. Dr. Schelkun’s practice and facilities are accredited by JCAHO. It is one of only a handful of oral and maxillofacial surgery practices to achieve that distinction.
Degrees (DDS, MD) – Dr. Schelkun graduated with honors from both Marquette University School of Dentistry, and from the University of Alabama School of Medicine.
“All of us in the medical profession should be seeking to provide the finest possible care,” said Dr. Schelkun, “so for those who ‘make the grade’ in our various fields, it’s especially rewarding. Accreditation and Certification is a matter of personal pride for us, and should bring a high level of comfort for our patients.”
The Center for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
P. Michael Schelkun, MD, DDS
Lewis J. Schwartz, DMD
Robert M Yudell, MD., DDS