Monday, April 25, 2011

Focused practice in hospital medicine round one---how did it go?

The very first Internal Medicine recertification exam for focused practice in hospital medicine was given in October. How did it go? This piece in The Hospitalist offers some clues.

Surprisingly, only 140 hospitalists took the test. One test taker shared his experiences in an interview. There was less ambulatory medicine content and more ICU content (not too much more, though, because not all hospitalists practice in the ICU). There was a significant chunk of quality and safety. All that makes sense. What was surprising, though, was his impression that the test content reflected what hospitalists see and do every day---stuff we already know. That's what we were told at HM 2010, too. It's sure not what the regular certifying exam is like.

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