Caption did not correctly capture testimony on licensure and certification
LETTER — Posted July 30, 2012
Regarding “Don’t make licensure dependent on board certification” (Article, July 2):
The caption beneath my picture on your front page quoted me as saying that many physicians choose not to become board certified. That may be true. However, the point that I made in my testimony is that many physicians currently practicing good quality medicine are not only uncertified but, by virtue of the time limitations imposed by the boards, are no longer considered board eligible. The revocation of medical licenses on the basis of not being board certified would not only be devastating for the physicians involved, but would adversely affect our nation’s physician work force.
Douglas R. Myers, MD, Vancouver, Wash.
Editor’s note: Dr. Myers is president of the Washington State Medical Assn.
Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2012/07/30/edlt0730.htm.