|Their field is blossoming, but many are disturbed by what they see as a lack of official recognition|
The prestigious ABMS hasn't admitted a new field to its 23-group roster in 13 years, and the last time ABMS recognized Ph.D.'s, as opposed to M.D.'s, was back in 1957, when radiation physicists gained member status. With the new offer, 291 Ph.D. medical geneticists--who detect genetic problems in patients--will be on a par with obstetricians and pediatricians in that they will be able to set fees, be reimbursed by insurance companies, and not be obligated to report to M.D.'s.
But if ABMS's offer of member status comes as...
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