Recertification: a test publisher’s attempt to take over authority in medicine

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Guest post from Carlisle Holland, D.O.

The change to requiring recertification was demanded at the time by the younger generation of graduates, not the idea of those who had board certification for life. The cut off of requiring it was cited as unfair atthe time, but the ‘higher standards’ were deemed worth the period of adjustment to such a change, as boardcertification was considered an intellectual achievement in itself, and worthy of the credit for knowingthe information that well, a credential.

The recertification was a change in the intent of board certification itself and a perversion of its meaning. And it does not prove proficiency nor competency in a specialty to pass retesting every few years. What ifthey pass it and do not keep retaking it? Board Certified no more? And it confuses the meaning of Board Certified and changes it from a Lifetime Achievement like a Medical Degree, a…

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