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Editor's Correspondence
Sep 12, 2011

Maintenance of Certification in Internal Medicine—Realities: In an “Uninvited Commentary” to the Levinson and Holmboe Article

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Pediatrics, Columbus Regional Healthcare System, Columbus, Georgia, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, and Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Live Healthy Columbus (Chair), Columbus, Georgia, and American Academy of Pediatrics (Past President), Elk Grove Village, Illinois (Dr Zanga); and Allergy and Asthma Specialists of Cadillac, Cadillac, Michigan (Dr Dubravec). Dr Benbassat is an internist in private practice in Beverly Hills, California.

Arch Intern Med. 2011;171(16):1507-1508. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2011.386

Although certification and recertification were originally designed to ensure quality in patient care, they have evolved into a discriminatory, money-making juggernaut with marketing to hospitals, insurers, and licensing boards, and—without any reasonable proof of efficacy—are slowly being tied to the right to practice medicine. The Commentary by Levinson and Holmboe1 is somewhat equivalent to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) rationalizing a costly tax increase as a benefit to the taxpayer. It is outrageous that hard-working physicians are subject to rules devised by institutional physicians and PhDs salaried by the ABIM—bureaucrats who do not run businesses or practice medicine on a daily basis.

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