Monday, March 01, 2010

Board certifications incorporate performance measures

--and Grunt Doc weighs in on the ABEM recert.

Imagine my surprise at ABEMs’ latest addition to hoops to jump through to maintain my Board Certification: the Assessment of Practice Performance. In a nutshell: show ABEM that 10 patients didn’t hate my medical performance, prove that on 10 hand-picked charts I’m keeping up with published treatment benchmarks (like aspirin for ACS, antibiotics in 6 hours for pneumonia, etc), and self-certify the same to ABEM.

My emphasis on the 6 hour pneumonia rule, BTW.

Artificial and perfunctory if you ask me.

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