Lexington, Kentucky – The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) is pleased to announce the successful completion of its Maintenance of Certification Examination by William E. O’Quinn, MD. Board certification confers a standard of excellence in knowledge and practice to physicians who not only certify via the examination process, but who also work diligently on the maintenance of these skills during the cycle between examinations.
Affiliated with the Regional Medical Center, Dr. O’Quinn is a native of Branchville, SC. He has been in practice for more than 37 years in Branchville. Dr. O’Quinn received his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston and his family practice training at Spartanburg General Hospital in Spartanburg, SC. He has been board certified since 1978. Prior to medical school, Dr. O’Quinn received a bachelor of science degree in biology from Furman University in Greenville, SC.
To achieve and maintain certification by the ABFM, Dr. O’Quinn must possess a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in the United States; complete online educational self-assessment modules; verify the completion of 150 hours of acceptable continuing medical education every three years; demonstrate ongoing, systematic quality improvement within practice; and successfully complete a one-day, written examination of cognitive knowledge and problem-solving abilities. This examination covers, but is not limited to: adult medicine; care of newborns, infants, children and adolescents; maternity and gynecological care; community medicine; care of the older patient; human behavior and mental health; and care of the surgical patient.
The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM), one of twenty-four Member Boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties, is the second largest medical specialty board in the United States. Founded in 1969, it is a voluntary, not-for-profit, private organization whose purposes include improving the quality of medical care provided to the public by family physicians, establishing and maintaining standards of excellence in the specialty of Family Medicine; improving the standards of medical education for training in Family Medicine, and determining by evaluation the fitness of physicians who apply for and hold certificates in the specialty of Family Medicine.