Engagement of Family Physicians in Maintenance of Certification Remains High - American Board of Medical Specialties

This article is an analysis of participation rates of American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) diplomates who certified or recertified in 2004, one year after Maintenance of Certification (MOC) was introduced at ABFM. Within this second cohort, 86 percent successfully met all MOC requirements, compared to 75 to 80 percent of family physicians who would recertify before MOC was introduced in 2003. This data suggests that voluntary participation in MOC remains high and exceeds historical levels for family physicians. This may be partially due to the fact that family medicine has required periodic recertification since 1969 and it is part of the culture.

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