OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to determine the relationship between performance on the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation primary certification examinations and the risk of subsequent disciplinary actions by state medical boards over a physician's career. The hypothesis is that physicians who do not pass either or both of the two initial specialty certification examinations are at higher risk of disciplinary action from a state medical licensing board. DESIGN: This is a retrospective cohort study that analyzed board certification examination data from all physicians who completed physical medicine and rehabilitation residency between 1968 and 2017. RESULTS: Matching examination and license data were available for 9889 physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians, who received a total of 547 disciplinary action reports through the Federation of State Medical Boards. The results showed a significant correlation between failing an American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation certification examination and the risk of subsequent disciplinary action by a state medical board. Failure to pass either the written (Part I) or oral (Part II) examination increased the risk of subsequent disciplinary action by 5.77-fold (P < 0.0001, 95% confidence interval = 4.07-8.18). CONCLUSIONS: Physicians in physical medicine and rehabilitation who do not pass initial certification examinations and become board certified are at higher risk of disciplinary action from a state medical licensing board throughout their careers.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||American journal of physical medicine & rehabilitation|
|State||Published - Dec 1 2019|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation