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Elizabeth Koehnen

Read below to learn how to get FREE access to the 2023 learning tool without CME

As part of our commitment to you, our Diplomates, the ABNS is excited to share that by paying 2023 dues you will be provided FREE access to the 2023 General and Emergency annual learning tool without CME (part of the annual CC program). As a non-profit organization, the ABNS operates on a budget-neutral basis relying on payment of annual dues to maintain and strengthen operations in support of our mission.

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Initial certification & Disciplinary Actions

ABS Research Links Initial Certification with Fewer Disciplinary Actions A new study adds to the growing literature demonstrating the association between board certification by an ABMS Member Board and higher quality, safer care, which supports the public trust in certification by a Member Board. In a retrospective analysis recently published in JAMA Surgery, the authors studied severe license action rates for 44,290 surgeons who attempted to become certified by the American Board of Surgery between 1976 and 2017. Results showed that the incidence of severe license actions, which was obtained from the Federation of State Medical Boards, was significantly greater for surgeons who attempted and failed to obtain certification than surgeons who were certified. The authors concluded that obtaining board certification is associated with a lower rate of receiving severe license actions from a state medical board in this study published ahead of print on March 18. Passing examinations in the certification exam process on the first attempt also was associated with lower severe license action rates. The authors noted that this study provides supporting evidence that board certification can be viewed as a marker of surgeon quality and professionalism. View the study entitled Association Between American Board of Surgery Initial Certification and Risk of Receiving Severe Disciplinary Actions Against Medical Licenses (subscription required). In a commentary on the study, the authors note that the ability to use the board exam to detect surgeons at risk for severe disciplinary action provides an exciting potential mechanism for using targeted preventive measures…

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