Online Ratings Not Associated with Quality, Claims ABIM

Dr. Paul Kempen writes in with an expose on the latest self-serving “research” from the ABIM:

In spite of three main authors writing this we also read this nonsense-this is a paid ad for the ABIM brand of attestation which incidentally was used as the “standard.” Time to write some letters!

Study concept and design: Gray, Gao,McCullough, Lipner.

Acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data: All authors.

Drafting of the manuscript: Gray, Vandergrift, McCullough, Lipner.

Critical revision of the manuscript for important intellectual content: All authors.

Statistical analysis: Gray, Vandergrift, McCullough, Lipner.

Administrative, technical, or material support: Vandergrift, Gao, Lipner.
Study supervision: Gray, Lipner.

Conflict of Interest Disclosures: Drs Gray and Lipner and Mr Vandergrift are
paid employees at the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Funding/Support: The American Board of Internal Medicine provided financial
and material support for this study. This study was partially supported by
National Science Foundation Career Award 1254021 (Dr Gao).

Role of the Funder/Sponsor: The American Board of Internal Medicine had no
role in the design and conduct of the study; collection, management, analysis,
and interpretation of the data; preparation, review, or approval of the
manuscript; and decision to submit the manuscript for publication.

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