Getting Maintenance of Certification to Work: A Grounded Theory Study of Physicians' Perceptions - American Board of Medical Specialties

This article describes a grounded theory focus group study that addressed Maintenance of Certification (MOC) barriers and ways to overcome them. Study participants included Board certified primary care, internal medicine, and family medicine physicians. Researchers found that physicians perceive MOC as a complex activity, often unrelated to practice. Researchers identified six areas in which MOC needs to change in order to become more meaningful. The study is limited due to the use of a single institution and its qualitative nature. Nevertheless, it indicates that the MOC program can be improved to better meet physicians’ needs.

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