"I have to recertify for boards for the second time on Thursday. My year was the first year they started this every-10-year re-certification game."
"Are you nervous?"
"I think frustrated is a better word - I mean, why does a busy orthopedist in private practice with my experience have to prove his expertise every 10 years? I'm a spine guy. I haven't done club feet in years. I have no intention of doing club feet again - and yet I have to learn not only about club feet, but the whole gamut of orthopedics for this stupid test. And the practice questions - you take them and they give you five answers, none of which are really the right answer - but you have to figure out the "best" answer of the group. Stupid.
Worst of all, no one pays you for taking these tests. I mean, they're expensive. You have to take 50 hours or so of continuing medical education credits per year, just to qualify, at what, four to five thousand dollars a pop? And you're away from your practice losing money all the while… Then you sit for an expensive test that doesn't really cover your knowledge base.
Those regulators should be paying me to take their required tests.
I can tell you one thing...
... I'm not doing it a third time."