Recertification: a test publisher’s attempt to take over authority in medicine

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
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Family Physician to Replace Senator McCain from AZ?

We are pleased to share this exciting announcement that hit our inbox today!:

I am writing to you today to ask you to support a fellow colleague that is considering a run for the US Senate in Arizona against John McCain. Kelli Ward, D.O., MPH is a family physician that left the full-time practice of family medicine to fight the overreaching arms of government into medicine. Like you, she was dismayed that the “house of medicine” turned on all of us and supported Obamacare and now the ever expanding Maintenance of Certification. Kelli is currently serving her second term in the Arizona Senate where she serve as the Chairman of Education, Vice-Chair of Health and Human Services among other important committees. Continue reading

Top-Down “Standardization”: Common Core and ACA based on flawed ideas

Common core is a super hot topic that has a great deal in common with the major healthcare issues facing the public today.

The first commonality is a major misconception in the concepts of standardization as a mechanism for leveling the playing field. Standardized goals do not secure any kind of improvement of a profession or a students education alone. The delivery of the subjects and services are the ultimate arena to be measured but not in examinations. Testing cannot measure the goals of the assessed, it measures some of the attainment of specific skill sets and much of concept awareness, but not the poorly assesses the application of that accumulated knowledge (wisdom). The benefits must be measured in outcomes, eg. for students; better students, better job candidates, better college candidates, better vocational training candidates and for Physicians: better health outcomes for patients, reduced cost of care, better return to work and productive status for patients, recovery of the health activities of daily living, reduction in pain, etc.

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