In recent decades, two important but distinct questions relevant to the evaluation of physicians have become increasingly intertwined. The first of these questions is “Who is good enough?” The second is “Who is trying to improve?” The latter issue has become critical due to the accelerating rate of medical progress and the growing complexity of health care delivery. In the current era, good physicians are defined by more than passing difficult tests early in their career; good physicians are individuals who are also working to become better—actively engaged in keeping up with medical progress and measurably trying to improve the care they provide.
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