The American Board of Family Medicine Certification Examination: A Proxy for Quality - American Board of Medical Specialties

This commentary provides a discussion on dual accreditation in family medicine by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and how this affects certification by the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM). Studies discussed show that more osteopathic family medicine residents in ACGME-accredited programs have opted to be certified by the AOA and not the ABFM. The commentary maintains that if this trend continues it may inhibit the ability to accurately assess osteopathic programs, but that the 2011 changes in the ABFM certification examination will continue as a consistent assessment measure.

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