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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Vincent F Carr, DO, MSA, FACC, FACP (Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences)
Description: Revalidation in the U.K. is similar to the recertification process for U.S. specialists, but in the U.K., this revalidation is for licensure purposes. The U.S. system does not have a similar process as yet for state licensure to practice medicine.
Purpose: In this book, the author provides a brief history of revalidation and tries to make the process less arduous by outlining how a general practitioner can go about revalidating and what documentation is needed, and by discussing reflective learning or, as it is called in the U.S., continuing medical education.
Audience: The audience is U.K. general practitioners who must revalidate their license to practice medicine every five years.
Features: After the author describes revalidation and how it was developed in the U.K., he describes how to go about the revalidation process and discusses the shift in culture to ensure that those revalidating remain current in their fields and why the reflective learning process is a worthy endeavor.
Assessment: As the revalidation process is relatively new, this is a valuable book to help those unfamiliar with the process go through the documentation and different aspects of this quality initiative.