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Can a doctor lose his or her Board Certification?

To maintain their Board Certification, doctors must continually demonstrate their knowledge of the latest advancements in their specialty and make improvements to their practices.  This involves participating in a minimum number of continuing medical education activities each year, answering questions at periodic intervals to assess current knowledge, taking part in activities that measure the quality of their medical care, surveying patients about their communication skills, and being assessed by an independent third party. Doctors who become Board Certified but do not continue their certification may lose their certification status, which is separate from their license to practice.

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