So to recap: Medical boards are costing physicians time and money, both essential to running a practice and ensuring patient care. This then begs the question: Is board certification as it exists in 2017 still a necessity? I say no.
Board certification doesn’t speak to the physician’s bedside manner or how they deal with the real challenges of healthcare today.
You can bet that the vast majority of physicians maintain their CME credits, stay up-to-date on guidelines and spend numerous hours—mainly uncompensated hours—figuring out answers to complex patient problems.
Physicians face enough tests every day. Let’s laud them, not put additional obstacles in their way.
Keith L. Martin is editorial director of
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