The APA Assembly took several actions at its meeting in Honolulu to respond to extensive member dissatisfaction with changes and new mandates that are coming to the maintenance of certification process after being approved by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the American Board of Medical Specialties. Assembly members want the Board of Trustees to inform the ABPN's board of directors about psychiatrists' unhappiness about the requirements, particularly the one mandating that all physicians obtain feedback from patients on the treatment they are receiving. They are also urging the APA Trustees to invite ABPN representatives to form a joint APA-ABPN commission to explore a range of maintenance of certification issues. In addition, Assembly members want APA to intervene with ABPN to address what many are calling "exorbitant' fees for the initial certification exam.
For more information on maintenance of certification and how it impacts psychiatrists, see http://pn.psychiatryonline.org/content/45/22/3.1.full.