Predictors of attrition from family medicine board certification

Winston Liaw, Peter Wingrove, Stephen Petterson, Lars Peterson, Brian Park, Andrew Bazemore, James C. Puffer

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Board certification is associated with higher quality care. We sought to determine the rates and predictors of attrition from certification among family physicians who achieved initial certification with the American Board of Family Medicine from 1980 through 2000. In this period, 5.6% of family physicians never attempted recertification, with the rate increasing from 4.9% between 1990 and 1995 to 5.7% from 1996 to 2000. Being male, an international medical graduate, or 30 years of age or older at initial certification was associated with not recertifying. With information about those likely to leave certification, the board can design and implement interventions that minimize attrition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)55-58
Number of pages4
JournalAnnals of family medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018


  • Certification
  • Health manpower
  • Primary health care
  • Quality of health care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Family Practice


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