Dr. Croak passed the subspecialty board exam in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (Urogynecology) in October of 2012 and is board certified through the American Osteopathic Board of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (AOBOG).
Due to the newness of the subspecialty, 2012 was the inaugural year for offering the exam. The exam has been in development for several years, and Dr. Croak has been instrumental in its construction , validation, and administration on the national level.
Dr. Croak becomes the third board certified urogynecologist in the United States whether D.O. or M.D.
To assist in the duties of his board, he has been asked to participate as a member of the American College of Osteopathic OB/GYN's Postgraduate Evaluation and Standards Committee for his subspecialty. This committee evaluates fellowship programs in regards to quality standards of education.
Dr. Croak was awarded a Masters Degree of Biomedical Sciences in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery from the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine's Graduate School in 2007. His thesis is titled, Questionnaire-based Characterization of Urinary Symptoms. He successfully defended his work and was presented with the degree in Spring of 2007. His project spanned 4 years of intense research and clinical work in order to accomplish this goal.
PRECEPTOR OF THE YEAR
Dr. Croak was given the Outstanding Preceptor of the Year Award by the graduating OB/GYN class of 2012 at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center for teaching in urogyneology and reconstructive pelvic surgery. Each resident spends an intensive 3 month rotation with Dr. Croak learning about advanced gynecologic surgery, urogynecology, and continuity in women's health care.
HOMETOWN HEALTHCARE HERO
Dr. Croak was nominated by a patient to be recognized as a Hometown Healthcare Hero for 2012. The award is sponsored by the Toledo Hospital Council and recognizes health care providers for their service to the community.