ABMS’ Maintenance of Certification™: The challenge of continuing competence

abmslogo.gifThis article about the American Board of Medical Specialties Maintenance of Certification Program was just published online in Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research [full text by subscription]:

Miller SH. ABMS' Maintenance of Certification: The challenge of continuing competence. Clin Orthop Relat Res 2006;[June 16 2006]

Abstract: The American Board of Medical Specialties, since its inception in 1933 as the Advisory Board for Medical Specialties, is concerned with the education, training and certification of physician specialists. Although not perfect, the initial certification process is quite good and accomplishes its intended purpose. However, initial certification is based on a primarily knowledge-based "snapshot." The newly developed Maintenance of Certification Program™ will evaluate the competencies, medical knowledge, patient care, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism, practice-based learning and improvement and systems-based practices believed to be necessary and sufficient for certified physicians to have and maintain throughout their entire professional career. Furthermore, the process will focus on education and assessment to encourage continuous quality improvement in clinical practice."There is nothing more difficult to plan, more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to manage than the creation of a new order of things." –The Prince Machiavelli
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