JOSEPH I. MATTHEWS, M.D.
To the editor: In response to Dr. Maynard's editorial (1), I would like to state that I believe most physicians are concerned about maintaining their clinical competence and are willing to undergo periodic recertification. However, there are legitimate concerns about cost and accessibility not addressed by the American Board of Internal Medicine when they devised the "Advanced Achievement in Internal Medicine." The cost, although not extravagant by today's standards, is more than most of us paid for our original certification. The major problem, however, is accessibility. My rough guess is that about 20% of practitioners of internal medicine have ready
MATTHEWS JI. Advanced Achievement in Internal Medicine. Ann Intern Med. ;106:641. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-106-4-641_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1987;106(4):641.
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