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Recertifying is a waste of time.

I am a general internist who predates the recertification era.

My experience has been that of all the CME courses I have taken, the two that were "board review" were absolutely the worst, and almost useless.

I have no interest in recertification, although I suppose that I could pass such a test. I have well over 100 hours of CME credits yearly for the last 18 years.

Recertifying in internal medicine for specialists is a waste of time. They should study their subspecialty. It's hard enough to stay current in any one area. Individuals differ in how much they know, but my impression is that the total amount of information known by the specialists is not greater that that known by the generalists, just narrower in scope. One could be a good generalist and a good specialist, but not as good a specialist as if he or she stayed more focused.

Of course I also think recertifying in one's specialty is a waste of time.

Laurence Rotkin, M.D. Honolulu
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Title Annotation:LETTERS
Author:Rotkin, Laurence
Publication:Internal Medicine News
Article Type:Letter to the Editor
Date:Jul 15, 2005
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