AMA Commits to Helping Reshape Continuing Board Certification

AMA News Release (11/17/20) Murphy, Brendan

The American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates has embraced an agenda to ensure the association will continue to lead efforts to reshape continuing board certification (CBC). An AMA Council on Medical Education report at the November 2020 AMA Special Meeting mentioned CBC process changes being mulled by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). These include providing alternatives to 10-year examinations for recertification and more flexibility in activities considered acceptable for satisfying Improvement in Medical Practice requirements. Delegates adopted new policy declaring that the Council should continue working with the ABMS and its member boards to deploy key recommendations in the Continuing Board Certification: Vision for the Future Commission's final report, including creating new, integrated standards for continuing certification programs by this year covering recommended flexibility in knowledge assessment and advancing practice, feedback to diplomates and consistency. "The Council ... is committed to ensuring that CBC supports physicians' ongoing learning and practice improvement and can assure the public that physicians are providing high-quality patient care," states the report. "The Council will remain actively engaged in the implementation of the Commission's recommendations and continue to identify and suggest improvements to CBC programs."

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