A Significant Number of Charter Diplomates Participate in American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) Maintenance of Certification

J Am Board Fam Med. 2015 Jul-Aug;28(4):439-40. doi: 10.3122/jabfm.2015.04.150032.


Considerable controversy about the value of participating in Maintenance of Certification has recently arisen within the medical community. Despite this controversy, large numbers of family physicians certified by the American Board of Family Medicine participate in Maintenance of Certification for Family Physicians. Surprisingly, a small but significant number of charter diplomats--those initially certified by the American Board of Family Medicine at its founding--are engaged in the process.

Keywords: Certification; Health Policy.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Certification / statistics & numerical data*
  • Family Practice / standards*
  • Family Practice / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Physicians, Family / standards
  • Physicians, Family / statistics & numerical data*
  • Specialty Boards
  • United States