Board Certified Internists are
Evidence shows that physicians who earn certification from the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) and maintain their certification provide better patient care.
ABIM Board Certified Physicians are more likely to…
Treatment by a board certified internist or cardiologist is associated with a 19% reduction in mortality than treatment by a non-certified internist or cardiologist among patients with acute myocardial infarction 1
Treatment by a certified interventional cardiologist for percutaneous coronary intervention was associated with a decreased risk of mortality (about 408 patients per year) and emergency coronary artery bypass grafting (about 153 patient per year) that treatment by a non-certified interventional cardiologist 2
…Avoid disciplinary action
…Adhere to Guidelines
Physicians who score high on the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) exam are about 17% more likely to adhere to guidelines of practice for their diabetic patients than physicians who score low on the MOC exam 5
MOC improves value of care without sacrificing quality
- Norcini JJ, Lipner RS, Kimball HR. Certifying examination performance and patient outcomes following acute myocardial infarction. Medical Education. 2002;36:853-59.
- Fiorilli PN, Minges K, Herrin J, Messenger J, Ting H, Nallamothu B, Lipner RS, Hess BJ, Holmboe ES, Brennan J, Curtis J. Association of physician certification in Interventional Cardiology with in-hospital outcomes of percutaneous coronary intervention. Circulation. 2015;132(19):1816-24.
- Lipner RS, Young A, Chaudhry HJ, Duhigg LM, Papadakis MA. Specialty certification status, performance ratings, and disciplinary actions of internal medicine residents. Academic Medicine. 2016;91(3):376-81.
- Papadakis MA, Arnold GK, Blank LL, Holmboe ES, Lipner RS. Performance during internal medicine residency training and subsequent disciplinary action by state licensing boards. Annals of Internal Medicine. 2008;148(11):869-76.
- Holmboe ES, Wang Y, Meehan TP, Tate JP, Ho SY, Starkey KS, Lipner RS. Association between maintenance of certification examination scores and quality of care for medicare beneficiaries. Archives of Internal Medicine. 2008; 168(13):1396-403.
- Reid RO, Friedberg MW, Adams JL, McGlynn EA, Mehrotra A. Associations between physician characteristics and quality of care. Archives of Internal Medicine. 2010;170(16):1442.
- Gray BM, Vandergrift JL, Johnston MM, Reschovsky JD, Lynn LA, Holmboe ES, McCullough JS, Lipner RS. Association between imposition of a Maintenance of Certification requirement and ambulatory care-sensitive hospitalizations and health care costs. JAMA. 2014; 312(22):2348-57.