Docs balk as relicensure moves to maintenance of certification

According to this article in AMNews, some physicians are less than thrilled with the increased cost and hassle of testing under a maintenance of certification system of licensure. They also question the relevance of what they re tested on to patient care.

    "I've never had a single patient ask me if I was board certified, and I'm not seeing a lack of trust among patients I see," said Dr. Golden, who has practiced for 25 years. "It's just one other thing to dump on the head of the practicing doctor to distract us from our job of taking care of patients."

    Health leaders say maintenance of certification tests medical knowledge and skills throughout a physician's career, which ensures competence and improves quality of care.

I know that this is often a much-discussed topic at CME industry meetings, but I'd be curious to know what impact this actually has on your CME activities.

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