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A Shameful Silence Over Physician Exams
Joe Cantlupe, Senior Editor

Christine K. Cassel, MD, president and CEO of the American Board of Internal Medicine, is "sickened and dismayed" that 139 physicians solicited and shared examination questions over the past several years. She's also upset that thousands of physicians who took a New Jersey-based exam preparation course may have been aware of the conduct, but did nothing about it. [Read More]
  June 17, 2010

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