Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Sorry, doctor, we have to run a test


Doctors certified in the 1990s must pass a test every six to 10 years to keep their licenses.

Some, in 147 specialties, must now retest for the first time since leaving school.

Older doctors were “grandfathered in” (strangely appropriate). Now they are being urged to retest voluntarily.

Studies show that in some cases what doctors think they know is not really what they know and does match what they do.

One cardiologist said he is doing things that came along way after he went to med school.

Some docs already say the tests are not crafted well. Others may retire.

I think this is good—when my dad was practicing, they had continuing medical ed. Are those luxury weekends hosted by drug companies all that passes for that now?

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