Wednesday, June 27, 2012
News for Academic Physicians
AMA House: Certification should not affect licensure
As physicians face increasing burdens to maintain certification and licensure, those requirements must not negatively affect the physician work force, the AMA House of Delegates said in new policy passed last week.
The policy, adopted last week during the Annual Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates, is based on two reports by the AMA Council on Medical Education that address licensure and certification requirements. Among other things, they call for the AMA to continue to work with the Federation of State Medical Boards, licensing boards, the American Board of Medical Specialties and its member boards to study the impact of the varying requirements on the physician work force, and coordinate certification and licensing requirements.
For physicians who choose to be certified, the AMA wants to ensure that maintenance of certification and osteopathic continuous certification requirements are accepted as meeting requirements of maintenance of licensure. Licensing boards should develop alternatives for physicians who are not certified.
"We don't want [doctors] to lose their license because they don't have maintenance of certification," delegate Doug Myers, MD, told American Medical News. View American Medical News' coverage of this and other news from the Annual Meeting.
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