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    What have you learned in the past 10 years

    Once-a-decade recertification may be thing of past


    “If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people.”   —Confucius


    Certain things are decennial ("occurring or being done every ten years"). Some examples include:

    • The Grand Canyon is filled completely with fog. http://bit.ly/18kWsxn
    • At a cost of more than $400 million, a census is taken in the United States.
    • The American economy goes into recession. http://bit.ly/1OM1gRi
    • The entire adult human skeleton is replaced. http://nyti.ms/1Plcavn
    • Many American physicians take an examination to prove they deserve to continue practicing.

    But the last of these items may change.

    "The professional group that represents anesthesiologists will become the first medical board to scrap a widely criticized test that most physicians take every ten years to demonstrate that they are up-to-date in their specialties," reported The Washington Post on Sept. 9. (http://wapo.st/1ig1dks)

    Peter J. McDonnell, MD
    He is director of The Wilmer Eye Institute, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, and chief medical editor of ...

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