JOHN A. BENSON Jr., M.D.; O. DAVID TAUNTON, M.D.; NICHOLAS E. DAVIES, M.D.
The goal of the American Board of Internal Medicine is to improve the quality of medical care in the United States. It does this by developing standards to ensure that the certified internist possesses the knowledge, skills, and attitudes essential for providing excellent care. Board certification is recognition by peers of a superior level of ability.
The Board considers six qualities to be essential for overall clinical competence and, therefore, certification.
1. Sound clinical judgment.
2. Broad medical knowledge.
3. Good diagnostic skills, including history taking and comprehensive physical examinations, and proficiency in performing appropriate technical procedures.
4. Personal integrity,
BENSON JA, TAUNTON OD, DAVIES NE. Certification of the Essential Components of Clinical Competence by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Ann Intern Med. ;105:616–617. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-105-4-616
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1986;105(4):616-617.
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