The Health Affairs study noted in Andis Robeznieks' article "Foreign-trained docs just as safe: study" (Aug. 9) presented evidence on findings about international vs. U.S.-based medical training. However, the article overlooked additional study findings that warrant attention. The study also found new evidence of the link between physician board certification and quality of care.
Don't ignore importance of certification
These findings are significant because they represent important quality distinctions that are relevant to the general population of physicians in the U.S. The findings include:
- Specialty board certification was associated with lower mortality and shorter stays, and
- Physician performance declined over time, with mortality rates and length of stays increasing with the number of years since graduation from medical school.
Kevin Weiss, M.D.President and CEOAmerican Board of Medical SpecialtiesChicago
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