Recent Study Highlights Importance of Board Certification

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American Board of Internal Medicine
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After earning his MD, Dr. Soloman Shah completed postgraduate training in internal medicine and gastroenterology. Now practicing alongside fellow physicians R. Allen Blosser, MD, and Leonard Fisher, MD, at Gastrointestinal Medical Associates in Virginia, Dr. Soloman Shah maintains board certification in both of his initial fields of study from the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Since 1936, the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) has sought to institute established standards for physicians with the goal of ensuring quality and transparency in medicine. To this end, the organization certifies medical professionals who practice internal medicine or any of the 20 subspecialties of the field. Board certification from the ABIM acknowledges that physicians have demonstrated the highest standards in patient care.

A 2016 study released by ABIM reaffirms the importance of board certification. Findings gathered from a study of 66,881 internal medicine residents suggest that board certification correlates with improved performance both during and after medical residencies.

Approximately 95 percent of allopathic internists go on to complete ABIM certification. Another 1.6 percent go on to attain certification in a different specialty from another organization, the American Board of Medical Specialties. Those who do not become certified are five times more likely to experience disciplinary issues with their local medical boards, and these infractions tend to be more serious than those of their certified peers.