Maintenance of Certification – important and to whom?

  title={Maintenance of Certification – important and to whom?},
  author={Paul Martin Kempen},
  journal={Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives},
  • P. Kempen
  • Published 1 January 2013
  • Medicine
  • Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives
In 2000, the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) mandated all 24 specialty affiliates to limit board certification (BC) duration to 10 years. This occurred against initial opposition of several of the affiliates, as the utility, financial, and time impositions, as well as the basic need for such imposition, were openly questioned. Given the threat of losing the ‘franchise’ if not adhering to ABMS corporate mandates, all 24 board affiliates submitted to the ‘10 year policy’ of the ABMS… 

Point: twin dogmas of maintenance of certification.

  • S. Jha
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Outcomes From Pediatric Gastroenterology Maintenance of Certification Using Web-based Modules

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What Family Physicians Really Think of Maintenance of Certification Part II Activities

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Engagement of Jordanian Physicians in Continuous Professional Development: Current Practices, Motivation, and Barriers

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Simulation for Anesthesiology Milestones

  • E. Sinz
  • Medicine
    International anesthesiology clinics
  • 2015
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Ethics and conflicts of interest



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