AAFP Board Accepts Recommendations on Continuing Certification

AAFP News (05/08/18) Cullen, John

At its recent meeting, the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Board of Directors approved recommendations submitted by the group's task force on continuing board certification, according to John Cullen, MD, president-elect of the AAFP. The recommendations urge the AAFP to make the case that Board certification should not be an absolute or sole criterion for privileging and credentialing. In addition, they call for the AAFP to provide guidance on how to evaluate other certifying organizations. Based on the task force's recommendations, the AAFP believes substantial changes are needed to the certification process. Cullen notes that options for this include improvement of the existing American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) certification process and possible assessment of other entities that may provide alternative certification choices for members. The AAFP also intends to undertake a preliminary evaluation of the steps that would be involved in establishing a certifying body that would meet the needs of members. "Finally, we will continue to strive for more dialogue with the ABFM to work on a common vision that recognizes that physicians are key stakeholders in the certification process, and that our needs are an important consideration in the process," writes Cullen. "We plan to discuss improvements to the continuing board certification process, including the need for multiple alternatives to the current proctored exam requirement."

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