Principles of Self-regulation (including life-long learning and on-going performance improvement)

CMSS supports the principle of professional self-regulation, including life-long learning and on-going performance improvement.

Specialty societies are formed to fulfill professional self-regulation through continually educating specialists through life-long learning, and facilitating on-going performance improvement in practice. Certifying boards are formed to fulfill professional self-regulation through on-going assessment of physician knowledge and practice performance.

Therefore, with complementary goals, societies and boards should collaborate to continually improve the care of patients and the health outcomes of populations. Specifically, societies and boards should work together to change and evolve existing processes of on-going assessment of physician knowledge and practice performance to be consistent with these principles of professional self-regulation, and to be more relevant and less burdensome to practicing physicians.