Your point in bringing up a 2010 article is?..Dr. Paul: Not board-certified, but self-certified
Libertarian ideology rejects most of the modern regulatory systems that protect consumers, because everyone should be responsible for determining whether the hamburger contains E. coli on his own. But does that do-it-yourself dogma apply to the regulation of medicine, too? If you’re Dr. Rand Paul, practicing ophthalmologist, the answer is emphatically yes.
According to an amusing story in today’s Louisville Courier-Journal, the Kentucky Republican Senate candidate bills himself as a “board-certified” physician even though he is not actually certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology — the only recognized body that certifies doctors in his specialty......
In a statement today, Paul insists that his
lack of certification form the mainstream
ABO -- and his establishment of the NBO --
is a principled stand in response to the
ABO 's "decision to grandfather in the older
ophthalmologists and not require them to
" I thought this was hypocritical and unjust
for the older ophthalmologists to exempt
themselves from the recertification exam."
Why start a new certifying board?
Slembarski explained that in 1992 , the
American Board of Ophthalmology -- the
established certification board -- had
instituted new rules requiring that eye
doctors re- certify every ten years. But it was
legally barred from requiring recertification
from doctors who had been certified before
'92 . In the ensuing years , that caused anger
among younger ophthalmologists, who now
were subject to a time- consuming process
that their older competitors would be
A 2004 article in an online ophthalmology
journal expresses some of these frustrations
with ABO, and notes: "[ T] here are other
organizations out there that are willing and
able to have you take a test to be board -
certified , such as the online test that is
offered by the NBO. The NBO 's test is
cheaper and far more appealing to the
younger ophthalmologists with a time-
limited certification . "
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