The majority of doctors are now “Board Certified”, meaning that a certifying board attests that the certified doctor has the requisite training and knowledge for their area. The devil is in the details here, as there are several ‘alternate boards’ which certify docs who didn’t train for the specialty they practice, but who basically did a practice track (experience based) approach. There’s a big mud-fight in that, and I’ll leave it for another day.
My specialty board, the American Board of Emergency Medicine (not an alternative group) is one of the first to start Continuous Certification, yearly tests to make sure their members are keeping up with the literature. I have the study materials, and have been listening to the CD’s reviewing the articles, in preparation.
This is the first year this is in effect, and it’s interesting to see it evolve, as we’re all navigating uncharted waters here. I’ll let you know how it goes.