Emilio B. Gonzalez, MD
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Gonzalez E.; Relevance of Recertification for Primary Care Physicians. Ann Intern Med. 2008;149:66. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-149-1-200807010-00022
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2008;149(1):66.
TO THE EDITOR:
I read with interest the letter by Volpintesta (1), and I agree with his contention that the board recertification process in its current implementation is rapidly becoming irrelevant for most practitioners. I would add that this is true not just for family practitioners but for most physicians practicing medicine. What I would propose is a Web-based recertification system that would be used by physicians to update their knowledge on their own schedule. Not only would this be more convenient, but physicians could use the Web-based format to focus on information that is more relevant to their own practice. I don't see the point in physicians memorizing rare diseases if they are not really going to take care of these zebras. As Volpintesta correctly pointed out, when physicians face patients with a constellation of strange or unusual signs and symptoms, they would have the good judgment to refer such patients to a specialist or a medical center. This is already taking place today. Physicians should attend conferences out of their own interest and perhaps to earn CME credits—not because they are being forced to do so.
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