Lifelong Learning in Psychiatry and the Role of Certification

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In the early twentieth century, the medical profession focused on the development of specialties and specialty/subspecialty training. Parallel to this development was the establishment of certifying boards, which can evaluate and attest to a physician's mastery of a set of knowledge and skills; the goal is to provide assurance to patients and the public of a certain guarantee of quality of care. In the early decades of "board certification," the examination was a one-time, relatively high-stakes process that assessed knowledge, and often certain skills and clinical reasoning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)309-316
Number of pages8
JournalPsychiatric Clinics of North America
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2021


  • Board certification
  • Continuing education synopsis
  • Lifelong learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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