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Physicians dissatisfied with maintenance of certification programs — Here's why

Mayo Clinic Proceedings published a cross-specialty survey finding many physicians are not satisfied with maintenance of certification programs, according to Medscape.

In the survey, researchers gathered responses from U.S. physicians between Sept. 23, 2015, and April 18, 2016. For the survey, researchers only included those physicians with board certification.

Here are five notes:

1. Twenty-four percent of physicians agreed MOC activities are relevant to patients.

2. Fifteen percent of respondents said MOC programs have value.

3. Merely 12 percent reported MOC activities were well-integrated into their daily routine and 81 percent said the activities were a burden.

4. In the survey, researchers did not note an association between MOC programs and burnout, compensation model, certification status, practice size, location or time since completion of training.

5. Physicians across all specialties did not place high value on MOC activities. They also did not perceive MOC activities as very relevant.

"Physicians' perceptions must be counterbalanced by societal demands for competent physicians and high-quality care and for public accountability in this regard. Although limited research suggests that MOC helps to achieve these goals, the extent and value of these benefits remain controversial," researchers concluded.

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