LEXINGTON, Ky. - Roy T. Waltrip, a Sikeston, Mo., physician, is again a Charter Diplomate of The American Board of Family Medicine. Waltrip earned the status with the successful completion of the ABFM's recertification examination.
Waltrip successfully completed his recertification in Family Medicine for the sixth time. One of only 147 family physicians who took the first certification examination offered by the then American Board of Family Practice in 1970 who are still certified, he is one of 13 fellow Charter Diplomates to successfully complete the recertification examination this year. Board certification confers a standard of excellence in knowledge and practice to physicians who not only certify via the examination process, but who also work diligently on the maintenance of these skills during the seven-year cycle between examinations.
To achieve recertification by the ABFM, a family physician must verify the completion of 300 hours of acceptable continuing medical education over the past six years; possess a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in the United States ; and successfully complete a one-day, written examination of cognitive knowledge and problem-solving abilities. This examination covers the disciplines of the specialty including, but not limited to: adult medicine; care of newborns, infants, children, and adolescents; maternity and gynecological care; community medicine; care of the older patient; human behavior and mental health; and care of the surgical patient.