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June 13, 2017

Physician Certification and Recertification: The Role of Empirical Evidence

Author Affiliations
  • 1Bellevue Hospital Center, Division of General Internal Medicine and Clinical Innovation, Department of Medicine, New York University School of Medicine, New York, New York
  • 2Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine, Department of Health Care Management, Wharton School of Business and Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
JAMA. 2017;317(22):2288-2289. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.7342

Physicians are faced with the challenge of lifelong learning in a field so vast and complex that no physician can ever hope to master all medical knowledge. Nonetheless, physicians have a duty and responsibility to patients to continuously hone their knowledge, skills, and judgment while appreciating their limits. Striking this balance requires that physicians remain current with the literature, engage with colleagues, identify and address gaps in knowledge, and maintain relevant professional certifications.