Specialty board certification is a longstanding component of the US medical profession’s system of collective self-regulation. Although processes for board certification have changed over the years to match advancing medical practice and expanding public expectations of accountability, board certification has demonstrated to the public, the profession, colleagues, and the individual physician that certified specialists meet high specialty-specific standards of education, expertise, and character. This Viewpoint describes the role of board certification in collective professional self-regulation, current challenges and future directions.
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