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Definition: CAQ stands for Certificate of Added Qualification. A CAQ enables a physician to add to his or her skill set and qualifications, without completing an additional full fellowship training program. A CAQ consists of additional coursework, clinical education, and testing of a sub-specialized technique, procedure or area of medicine within the physician's medical specialty.

A CAQ doesn't take as long as a fellowship, so physicians may complete them mid-career as needed. A fellowship often takes 6-9 months, whereas the CAQ could take a few weeks or months, depending on the CAQ. CAQs can help the physician learn a new procedure, surgical technique, or sub-specialty area.

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