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Time-Limited Certification and Recertification: The Program of the American Board of Internal Medicine: The Task Force on Recertification

Richard J. Glassock, MD; John A. Benson Jr., MD; Robert B. Copeland, MD; Herman A. Godwin Jr., MD; W. G. Johanson Jr., MD; Warren Point, MD; Richard L. Popp, MD; Lawrence Scherr, MD; Jay H. Stein, MD; and O. David Taunton, MD
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Requests for Reprints: John A. Benson, Jr., MD, American Board of Internal Medicine, 200 S. W. Market Street #1770, Portland, OR 97201.

Current Author Addresses: Dr. Glassock: Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, 1000 Carson Street, Torrance, CA 90509.

Dr. Benson: American Board of Internal Medicine, 200 S.W. Market Street #1770, Portland, OR 97201.

Dr. Copeland: Southern Cardiovascular Associates, 1550 Doctor's Drive, Suite 301, LaGrange, GA 30240.

Dr. Godwin: Charlotte Medical Clinic, P.A., 1001 Blythe Boulevard, Suite 500, Charlotte, NC 28203.

Dr. Johanson: 123 25th Street, Shearn Moody Plaza, #7135, Galveston, TX 77550.

Dr. Point: West Virginia University Medical Center, 3110 MacCorkle Avenue, S.E., Charleston, WV 25304.

Dr. Popp: Stanford University Medical Center, Cardiology Division, 300 Pasteur Drive, Stanford, CA 94305.

Dr. Scherr: Department of Medicine, North Shore University Hospital, 300 Community Drive, Manhasset, NY 11030.

Dr. Stein: University of Texas Health Sciences, Department of Medicine, 7703 Floyd Curl Drive, San Antonio, TX 78284.

Dr. Taunton: 860 Montclair, Suite 758, Birmingham, AL 35213.

© 1991 American College of PhysiciansAmerican College of Physicians

Ann Intern Med. 1991;114(1):59-62. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-114-1-59
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After more than 20 years of discussion and debate, the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) decided in December 1986 to join 17 other specialty boards by limiting the duration of validity for all certificates it issued. This policy has been in effect since 1987 for Geriatric Medicine and 1988 for Critical Care Medicine and will involve all certificates issued in 1990 and thereafter It will have a significant effect on current and future trainees in Internal Medicine, its subspecialties and added qualifications, and will also, in all likelihood, have an effect on holders of non-time-limited certificates.

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