Maintenance of Certification and Its Association with the Clinical Knowledge of Family Physicians - American Board of Medical Specialties

Researchers in this study compared the performances of recent residency graduates on the initial certification examination to already-certified family physician diplomates participating in the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Additionally, they compared diplomates with gaps in their certification to those that had not allowed for a lapse. They found a significant trend that physicians who maintained their certification performed better than both initial certifiers and diplomates who allowed a gap in their certification status. These results suggest that maintaining certification is important component to improving clinical knowledge.

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