According to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), the medical profession faces a deficit of about 60,000 physicians by 2015. While the AAMC and American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) continue to increase the number of physician candidates accepted into their programs, the American Medical Association recently provided an added boost. At its annual meeting, the AMA discussed the unnecessary time and money physicians spend meeting certain medical licensing and board certification requirements.
In response, the AMA adopted six policies focusing on specialty certification and licensure, some of which included:
- A request to the American Board of Medical Specialties to eliminate some of the numerous certification exams.
- An effort to encourage medical boards to accept participation in maintenance of certification and Osteopathic Continuous Certification as sufficient to meet requirements.
- Oppose public reporting of physician performance data.
- Cooperate with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to minimize CME-related expenses.
According to Gregory Threatte, MD, an alternate delegate for the Medical Society of the State of New York and an anatomic/clinical pathologist: “It is a critical issue to a lot of physicians. There is widespread concern about these multiple certifications and licensure examinations that are starting to chew up more and more expense.” As another example, board certification in radiology requires passing 11 exams, in addition to exams every 10 years to maintain the certification.
Additional information about the AMA’s 2011 Meeting of the House of Delegates can be found here.