ROBERT G. PETERSDORF, M.D., F.A.C.P.
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In 1970, the Board of Regents of the American College of Physicians and the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) endorsed the concept that Board-certified internists should be recertified periodically. The reasons for this action have been summarized by Frommeyer ( 1 ) and included  a realization that the rapidly expanding body of information made the knowledge on which original certification was based relatively obsolete;  the demand of certain consumer groups for evidence of continuing competence by physicians;  proposed legislation endorsing this stance; and  the announcement by at least one other specialty board that it was
PETERSDORF RG. Recertification: A Good Beginning. Ann Intern Med. ;82:583–584. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-82-4-583
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1975;82(4):583-584.
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