To the Editor: In their Special Communication,
Dr Brennan and colleagues1 propose that a physician’s
current certification status should be among the evidence-based measures used
in the quality movement. The authors equate “certification” with
the process and certificate of one of the 24 medical specialties comprising
the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). However, there are other
organizations that provide certificates to physicians which allow individuals
to claim certification status. As an example, a parallel certification process
to that of the ABMS is offered by the American Osteopathic Association, which
allows many osteopathic physicians to become board certified. The Bureau of
Osteopathic Specialists of the American Osteopathic Association has 18 certifying
boards for specialties including family medicine, pediatrics, emergency medicine,
anesthesiology, and surgery.
Bailey PL. Physician Specialty Board Certification. JAMA. 2004;292(24):2972–2974. doi:10.1001/jama.292.24.2972-e
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