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A longitudinal analysis of certification trend and performance on dual certification in hematology and medical oncology.

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Zhang Y, Guille R. — American Board of Internal Medicine

Presented: American Educational Research Association Meeting, April 2011

Abstract: This longitudinal study intended to find answers to several questions pertinent to the future workforce in the Hematology and Medical Oncology medical subspecialties. The questions of interest focused on three areas: (1) The trend of single and dual area certification and Maintenance of Certification in the two areas in the past decade; (2) The comparisons of performance on the recent initial certification examinations by medical schools, gender and medical training programs; and (3) Characteristics of the medical practice of the physicians seeking single and dual certifications and Maintenance of Certification. Data from the 2001-2010 American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) initial certification and Maintenance of Certification examinations in the subspecialties of Hematology and Medical Oncology and the ABIM Practice Characteristics Survey were analyzed. The results suggest that the number of medical graduates seeking certification in both areas is increasing, although the trend pattern was not clear in the Maintenance of Certification exams. The performance results and the characteristics of the single area certified and dual area certified subspecialists, as well as the implications of the study, were also discussed in the paper.

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