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May 12, 2015

Of the Profession, by the Profession, and for Patients, Families, and Communities : ABMS Board Certification and Medicine’s Professional Self-regulation

Author Affiliations
  • 1American Board of Medical Specialties, Chicago, Illinois
  • 2Center for Bioethics and Humanities, University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus, Denver
JAMA. 2015;313(18):1805-1806. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.4025

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.