SAMUEL A. BRODY, M.D.
To the editor: Stillman and coworkers (1) are to be praised for their work in assessing the clinical skills of residents. If they are successful in establishing their technique as a valid tool, they may be credited with saving the physicians from themselves. Although the medical profession claims that it watches over its own, it has done very little to reassure the public that there is any uniformity in physician ability. Although board certification does offer a partial solution, many problems still remain. Among the problems are the following.
1. Many physicians are not board certified.
2. Recertification is not
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BRODY SA. Assessing Clinical Skills with Standardized Patients. Ann Intern Med. 1987;106:335–336. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-106-2-335_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1987;106(2):335-336.
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