A substantial majority of the 645 psychiatrists responding to a
questionnaire survey favored mandatory continuing education and evidence of
continuing education as a requirement for relicensure. The respondents'
overwhelming repudiation of recertification may be based on examination
anxiety. The respondents recognized the value of continuing education, were
even willing to document it in order to be relicensed, but did not wish to
examined. Those respondents who were younger, Board-certified, and had an
academic appointment were more likely to favor continuing education
requirements in order to be relicensed. Private practitioners were
underrespresented among the respondents, highlighting the important role
that APA and its district branches must play in developing meaningful
continuing education opportunities for psychiatrists.