Research Shows Continuing Certification Programs Improve Care, Enhance Knowledge, Link to Fewer Disciplinary Actions

ABMS News Release (07/01/20)

New research indicates that American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) Member Boards' continuing certification programs enhance patient care and knowledge, and lead to fewer disciplinary actions. A study in the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics found that primary care providers (PCPs) improved their developmental screening rates in underserved, rural primary care practices via participation in an Improvement in Medical Practice activity. Another study, published in the Journal of Human Vaccines and Immunotherapeutics, determined that PCPs participating in a quality improvement continuing medical education intervention increased their influenza and pneumococcal vaccination rates for populations at high risk or aged 65 years and older. A study in Obstetrics & Gynecology on article-based assessments via the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology's continuing certification program found that obstetricians/gynecologists retained the knowledge from these assessments. Finally, retrospective analysis in JAMA Surgery showed that more severe license actions were enforced for surgeons who attempted and failed to obtain certification from the American Board of Surgery than those were certified, and passing examinations in the certification exam process on the first try led to lower severe license action rates.

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