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June 10, 2016 | Family Medicine
Of course you want to partner with a doctor you trust, and it probably won’t surprise you to learn that a Great Britain study found that physicians represent the most-trusted profession in the eyes of the public. But you might not know how important this trust level is to your health. It makes you:
One of the best ways to find a doctor worthy of your trust is to look for the Board Certification credential.
Following medical school, family practice doctors complete a three-year family practice residency in a Family Medicine residency program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). This program includes rotations in inpatient and outpatient settings where doctors receive training in several major medical areas and patient populations. They are then qualified to take the American Board of Family Medicine MC-FP Examination for initial certification.
Some board-certified physicians choose to become certified in a particular subspecialty. This requires additional training. These areas include:
Following medical school, family practice doctors complete a 3-year family practice residency in a program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).
Unlike earlier decades in which a physician passed a test just once early in his or her career and carried the “board-certified” designation for life, doctors working in today’s complex health care system are held to a much higher standard of accountability that requires ongoing retesting to retain the certificate.
“ABFM MC-FP is a requirement that the ABFM believes encourages clinical excellence and benefits both physicians and their patients.”
The Maintenance of Certification for Family Physicians (MC-FP) process provided by the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) follows a process designed by The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) called Maintenance of Certification.
Each of the four components is designed to assess important physician characteristics:
This process emphasizes the importance of ongoing participation in activities that evaluate each of these components between recertification examinations. Each certified physician must successfully complete a series of modules in separate three-year time periods to maintain his or her certification status and be listed as board-certified on the ABFM website.
When seeking a new family doctor to entrust with your family’s health, by confirming that your candidate is board- certified, you are ensuring your family receives the very best medical care in Utah.
Would you like to partner with a Board-Certified Family Physician who you can trust to support your family’s wellness through all cycles of life? Revere Health family medicine specialists offer compassionate, patient-centered care in a broad range of disciplines including internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology and geriatrics.
Dr. Abe Tomco
Dr. Abe Tomco at North Orem Family Medicine is ready to partner with you and empower you with healthy lifestyle habits to help you care for your body and prevent illness. Dr. Tomco’s motto is, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” and he loves sharing his passion for preventive medicine with children, adolescents, and adults.
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This information is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. You should always consult your doctor before making decisions about your health.