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From the President
APA, ABPN Collaborate On Certification Initiatives
Psychiatric News
Volume 40 Number 5 page 3-3

Each year representatives of APA and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN), the independent, nonprofit organization that certifies physicians practicing psychiatry, neurology, or their subspecialties, meet to review the changes and emerging issues for the field of psychiatry.

This year's meeting was held at APA headquarters on February 7 and addressed several important and complex issues that are evolving.

ABPN was represented by Elizabeth B. Weller, M.D., its president; Larry R. Faulkner, M.D., the member at large on its executive committee; Daniel K. Winstead, M.D., one of its psychiatry directors; and Steven C. Scheiber, M.D., executive vice president.

APA was represented by me; Richard Balon, M.D., chair of the Council on Medical Education and Career Development; John Oldham, M.D., chair of the Council on Quality Care; Medical Director James H. Scully Jr., M.D., who is also an ABPN psychiatry director; Deborah Hales, M.D., APA's director of education and career development; and staff Judith Carrier, Ph.D., Kathleen Debenham, M.A., and Nancy Delanoche.

Our meeting was productive and wide-ranging, and I would like to share with you some of the key issues:

As you know, the American Board of Medical Specialties, to which the ABPN belongs as a member board, has mandated that all medical specialty boards develop a Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. This initiative is part of a national movement to increase physicians' accountability to the patients we serve and to improve the quality of medical care provided.

The ABPN and APA are working together to define our respective roles in MOC. APA will have a significant contribution in lifelong learning and self-assessment and has a number of new products that provide valuable services to our members preparing to take the board for the first time or to recertify. Among them:

To help us develop a strategy concerning the timing of taking Part I and Part II of the boards, as well as issues related to certification and subspecialty recertification, I have appointed a presidential task force co-chaired by Dan Winstead, M.D. (representing APA and ABPN), and David Goldberg, M.D. (representing APA and the American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training).

As always, I welcome hearing from you on these important issues. You may reach me at mriba@umich.edu.▪

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