REQUIREMENTS FOR CERTIFICATIONFor certification, it is necessary for the professional to demonstrate:
- Being a registered doctor.
- Having completed a basic training program in the post-basic specialties.
- Having, for the added capabilities, current certification in the discipline of which the aggregate capacity depends.
- Having completed a postgraduate training program that allows reaching the agreed competences of the basic speciality, postbasic or aggregate capacity. It must be developed in full-time programs, or part-time programs with no less than 25 hours per week of dedication, and a duration of:
- Basic specialties: a minimum of three years full-time or five years part-time.
- Postbasic specialties: a minimum of two years full-time or four years part-time.
- Added Qualification: a minimum of two years part-time. The programs must meet the following requirements:
- Supervision and permanent evaluation of the educational process and the achievements obtained;
- Increasing delegation of responsibilities;
- Progressive training in service with scheduled and supervised patient care, and
- Accredited programs developed in Specialty Services, with an adequate workload for the fulfillment of the proposed goals.
REQUIREMENTS FOR PERIODIC REVALIDATION
In accordance with national regulations, certification and revalidations must be granted for a period of five years.
The revalidation of certified professionals must take into account not only their participation in academic and updating activities, but also the maintenance of the active practice of the specialty and the quality of their professional practice.
It is advisable that the control of compliance with these goals be annual, to facilitate early corrections when necessary. This is called maintenance of the certification, and at the end of the stipulated period it generates the revalidation for another period of 5 years.
Each specialty must have clearly defined their competences, in terms of operational activities that identify their specific application behaviors.
The evaluation of the postgraduate medical training programs must have three primary responsibilities:
- The accreditation of the program, including human and material resources that ensure its development and the quality of care of the service where it is installed.
- The execution of the program (development and evaluation of the educational process).
- The certification of those who completed said program by the direct evaluation of the professional who has completed it. To ensure the final quality, it is necessary that each of the three responsibilities listed is controlled by different teams. Their unification leads to a reckless amount of control power, because those responsible for judging the final quality of the professional would be the same as those who accredited and / or executed the program.
REQUIREMENTSInstitutions that have current agreements with the National Academy of Medicine and the CCPM must:
- declare its adherence to the requirements mentioned in this “Declaration of principles, policies and strategies”, by means of the acceptance of this as part of the agreement;
- establish, within the Institution, an entity responsible for the certification and periodic revalidation of professionals; since it is an eminently technical body, it is advisable that Members do not form part of its Directing Committees in order to achieve continuity in their functions;
- designate two members of the certifying entity as delegates, titular and alternate, before the National Academy of Medicine and the CCPM, with a term of not less than four years, and
- promote, through another structure that can be part of the same Institution, the accreditation of training programs and spaces that, as a prerequisite, must have completed the applicants to be certified.