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Physician and practice characteristics that differentially impact internal medicine participation in maintenance of certification.

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Lipner RS, Brossman BG. — American Board of Internal Medicine

Presented: American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, April 2013

Abstract: One effort to address concerns over the quality of health care in the United States is to increase physician accountability to the public through Maintenance of Certification (MOC). A theoretical realist approach was used to understand whether participation in the internal medicine MOC program varies based on physicians and their practice characteristics. Results showed that physicians who complete MOC tend to have higher certification exam scores, practice as subspecialists and practice in the Midwest, spend more time in patient care, or work in non-solo practices. As certifying boards evaluate their programs, they need to continuously improve its features to assure the public that physicians maintaining certification are providing high-quality patient care.

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