In Reply Dr Friedmann argues that physicians who have passed board certification tests once should retain the highest possible professional status for the rest of their careers because that status is important to them—even if they are not actually involved in patient care, “but still want or need to have the imprimatur of the board certification available to them.”
He also argues that, having successfully concluded residency training and obtained an institutional certificate that is not time-limited, the physician can be presumed to be competent to practice independently indefinitely.
Lee TH. Time-Limited vs Unlimited Physician Certification—Reply. JAMA. 2015;313(11):1167-1168. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.0913