Certifying the Good Physician: A Work in Progress - American Board of Medical Specialties

In this article, the author reviews the evolution of physician assessment. With progress in medicine and changes in health care, a good physician is characterized as someone who continuously seeks professional development and improvement. Board Certification has been regarded as an acceptable professional credential for most of the century. However, it has been evolving and has endured its share of complexity. Some of the most frequent criticisms related to American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) Maintenance of Certification® (ABMS MOC®) program are time, cost, and relevance to physician practice. The balance between meeting physician needs and providing adequate accountability to the public remains difficult. Nevertheless, there is a need to continue to evaluate and evolve MOC.

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