New Board Certification Policy Can Negatively Impact Physicians
a Physician News editorial, which targets the amount of time a physician has to attain board certification following residency.
The policy, which took effect in January, calls on each of the 24 specialty member boards to establish a limit ranging from three to seven years between completion of training and completion of board certification. After that time, a physician who has not attained certification will be ineligible until he completes the requirements of that member board for re-entry into the examination process.
"Implementing this policy can have negative consequences for physicians who do not attain board certification, but can no longer claim board eligibility, if the hospital's criteria for admission to the medical staff include a board eligibility or board certification requirement," wrote Joyce McLaughlin, senior counsel at Davis & Wilkerson.
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