Guest post from Carlisle Holland, D.O.
The change to requiring recertification was demanded at the time by the younger generation of graduates, not the idea of those who had board certification for life. The cut off of requiring it was cited as unfair at the time, but the ‘higher standards’ were deemed worth the period of adjustment to such a change, as board certification was considered an intellectual achievement in itself, and worthy of the credit for knowing the information that well, a credential.
The recertification was a change in the intent of board certification itself and a perversion of its meaning. And it does not prove proficiency nor competency in a specialty to pass retesting every few years. What if they pass it and do not keep retaking it? Board Certified no more? And it confuses the meaning of Board Certified and changes it from a Lifetime Achievement like a Medical Degree, a CREDENTIAL, into a Temporary Pass, which is not an intellectual achievement, but a carrot-stick to force physicians to attend medical
meetings these organizations run.
Conflict of interests aside, THE PUBLIC SEES BOARD CERTIFICATION AS AN INTELLECTUAL ACHIEVEMENT BY THE PHYSICIAN AND SO SHOULD WE. Once is enough to prove they are smart enough to call that level of competency. There are too many variables to predict whether a board in a specialty will conform to application of the knowledge base of the board material. Some might be involved in a narrow area and be at a world class level of achievement in that area and still not be up on all the other areas in a board and not be ‘incompetent’ or ‘not board worthy any longer’.
No, recertification is a test publisher’s attempt to take over authority in medicine. WE THE DOCTORS are who must decide how our credentials are set up and what they mean. NOT THE PEOPLE WHO PUBLISH THE TESTS. They have vested interest in co opting the power of authority over the medical information itself, and they are not even doctors.
CONSTANT RECERTIFICATION? NO, THIS IS NOT WHAT BOARD CERTIFICATION MEANS AND THIS IS OUR RIGHT TO DEFINE WHAT A MEDICAL CREDENTIAL MEANS, NOT THE TEST PUBLISHERS AND ADMINISTRATORS, THE DOCTORS
Carlisle Holland, D.O.
P.S. You do know that this is all about taking the CONTROL of authority of medical information away from our profession and placing it in the hands of these ‘Board’ people. This is the same tactics used to stuff Common Core past our school boards and legislators and bodies responsible to the people. It is part of the corporate takeover of medicine and it is exactly at this level that the battle must be won or lost. This is not a trivial matter. This one is a big one. Who is running medicine? Bureaucrats or doctors?
THIS IS THE LINE THAT DETERMINES EXACTLY THAT. CONTROL OF THE
AUTHORITY OF THE INFORMATION. NOT THE INFORMATION ITSELF.
This also will allow them to control the content of medicine, and control the care model to serve their ends, and they are not doctors, and are not basing these decisions or systems on quality of care, concern for privacy or nor preservation of the doctor patient
trust relationship. In fact their EHR and the loss of privacies involved in all directions will
destroy trust and respect and this is antithetical to Osteopathic Medical practices.
The AOA has been very naive about this.
But we as members of the profession can stop them from ruining medicine. And we must. Doctors should define medical credentials and refuse to play their game, which they have already rigged in their favor if we play at all. The only answer is for them is NO. You can’t claim the right to an already defined term in medicine. This has been around a long time. The cannot usurp the power of the credential to their own ends. This is wrong and must be stopped. They took what was a well intentioned program and tried to turn it into a cash cow to serve their needs. Not those of our patients, members or profession.