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August 1979

Recertification in Ophthalmology

Author Affiliations

The Ophthalmology Recertification Advisory Committee was composed of the following members: David Paton, MD, Houston; Melvin L. Rubin, MD, Gainesville, Fla; David Shoch, MD, Chicago; Bruce E. Spivey, MD, San Francisco; Theodore Steinberg, MD, Fresno, Calif; Bradley R. Straatsma, MD, Los Angeles; and Joseph C. Yarbrough, Jr, MD, Anderson, SC.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1979;97(8):1441-1443. doi:10.1001/archopht.1979.01020020103001

Recertification in ophthalmology is a complex and controversial topic, and it has been the subject of thoughtful and open consideration for several years. This report reviews recertification background, presents results of the Ophthalmology Performance Evaluated Education for Recertification (PEER) program recertification survey of September 1978, and describes the open hearing on recertification in October 1978. In addition, it notes establishment of the widely representative Ophthalmology Recertification Advisory Committee and outlines plans for future deliberations.

RECERTIFICATION BACKGROUND  During the past decade, physician competence (ie, demonstrated qualifications) has been the subject of extensive discussion within the medical profession, the government, and the general public. In the context of this broad consideration, the American Board of Medical Specialties, as the coordinating organization for the 22 American medical specialty boards, recommended in 1973 that voluntary periodic recertification of medical specialists become an integral part of all national medical specialty certification programs.In 1975, the

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