Refers to a branch of medicine in which the physician specializes, and has received additional education. This information is provided by the physician’s application, and is verified upon credentialing and re-credentialing, every three years. Physicians also validate the information annually. Board certification information is verified through the medical organization(s) that certify the specialties, such as the American Board of Medical Specialties. When CHP receives updated information, it is verified and the website is updated within 30 days.