Rebecca D. Elon, MD, MPH
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Elon RD. The Professional Testing Center. Ann Intern Med. 2009;150:357. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-150-5-200903030-00016
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2009;150(5):357.
17 November 2008
Letter to the Editor
Annals of Internal Medicine
Today I took my ABIM 10-year recertification examination in geriatric medicine at a computerized professional testing center. Ten years ago, when I took my last recertification exam, I gathered with 100 or more internists taking either the general internal medicine or a subspeciality recertification exam. We were all together at a conference center taking our tests the old-fashioned way, with paper examination booklets and answer sheets with dots to fill in. There was a collegiality in gathering all together. There were proctors in the room, but they were relatively unobtrusive. I still remember taking my first certification exam in geriatric medicine 20 years ago. I was the first in the room of 100 or more test takers to complete the exam. I did very well on that test and actually enjoyed taking it. I left the exam room with a great sense of satisfaction–I was finally taking an exam that covered what I did on a daily basis. But things have changed dramatically over the past 10 and 20 years.
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