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Hillary Clinton's Physician Does Not Participate in MOC

In case anyone cares, Lisa R, Bardack, MD, reportedly Hillary Clinton's personal physician who issued a letter in 2015 concerning Ms. Clinton's fitness to run for President of the United States, does not participate in the American Board of Medical...
by Dr. Wes on Aug 23, 2016

Too Little Too Late: The ABIM Foundation Sells Its Condo

It was a story that broke on this blog nearly two years ago when the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation was putting their luxury condominium, complete with a chauffeur-driven Mercedes S-Class town car that was purchased with physic...
by Dr. Wes on Jul 10, 2016

Pennsylvania Medical Society Spearheads Effort to End MOC Nationwide

Recently, the Pennsylvania Medical Society sent this letter to the executive vice presidents of all US state medical societies and many specialty societies regarding their vote of no confidence regarding the ABMS Maintenance of Certification® (MOC®...
by Dr. Wes on Jul 7, 2016

AMA House of Delegates MOC Session Recap

It was a beautiful day in Chicago yesterday: sunny, not too humid. I left home early. The sun had risen some time ago and could be seen reflecting off the lake to the front of the downtown skyscrapers highlighting every detail of their construction.
by Dr. Wes on Jun 14, 2016

Behind the Curtain

On Monday morning (13 June 2016), I will enter "Crystal City" and speak to the men and women behind the curtain at the AMA House of Delegates Meeting here in Chicago. Today begins the first day of registration and the meeting carries through Wednesda...
by Dr. Wes on Jun 9, 2016

Maintenance of Certification: Medicine's House of Cards

Background In 1986 after struggling for years to secure a growing stream of revenue, the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), a 501(c)(3) non-profit physician testing agency originally domiciled in Iowa and now located in Philadelphia, PA, un...
by Dr. Wes on Jun 9, 2016

Baron: "No Robust Evidence" for Maintenance of Certification

With the soft tinkling of gentle piano music playing in the background, Richard Baron, MD, President and CEO of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) and the ABIM Foundation, published a video on 20 May 2016 attempting to justify the ABIM's...
by Dr. Wes on May 27, 2016

ABIM Remains Tonedeaf to Physician Concerns

Recently, Richard Baron MD, the President and CEO of the ABIM, circulated the following email request to a select group of physicians: (Click to enlarge) Like a resuscitation attempt that has continued for over an hour, the ABIM appears to want...
by Dr. Wes on Mar 23, 2016

ABIM Slapped With Motion to Dismiss - Files Extension Request

In its ongoing suit claiming copyright infringement against a Puerto Rican physician, American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) lawyers of Ballard Spahr were slapped with a Motion to Dismiss on 11 March 2016 for failure to state a claim upon which r...
by Dr. Wes on Mar 16, 2016

Medical Specialty Certification in the US - A False Idol?

For the first time, the history of the ABMS/ABIM board re-certification corruption scandal has reached a peer reviewed medical journal, the Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology. I hope practicing physicians here (and others worldw...
by Dr. Wes on Mar 8, 2016

Spotlight

I didn't watch the Academy Awards last night, but I had seen the movie "Spotlight." It's an inspirational movie that chronicles the efforts of the investigative journalism team by the same name at the Boston Globe that broke the worldwide Catholic...
by Dr. Wes on Mar 1, 2016

Holding the ABIM Accountable

I ask my readers to indulge me as I provide some background about the strongman tactics used by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) to protect their board certification monopoly. It started with a press release sent by the ABIM dated 9 J...
by Dr. Wes on Feb 17, 2016

Archived ABIM Website Disappears

Anyone who has followed this blog for some time knows that much of my research on the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) and the ABIM Foundation was performed using Internet Archive's Wayback Machine available at http://www.archive.org. It...
by Dr. Wes on Jan 12, 2016

The ABIM Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Controversy a Year Later

It has been one year since the story of the ABIM Foundation, Choosing Wisely, and the $2.3 million Condominium appeared on this blog. It has been one year without answers to the many financial, conflicts of interest, and likely illegal tax dealings o...
by Dr. Wes on Dec 16, 2015

Edging Toward the Tipping Point

We've seen the "We got it wrong" messages." We've seen the "We're listening to our members" messages. We've seen the "changes" to board certification: from the change from permanent certification to time-limited in 1986, from dropping the requireme...
by Dr. Wes on Nov 29, 2015

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Two days ago after a typical day performing procedures in the EP lab, doing inpatient consults, fielding patient messages, attending administrative and research meetings, reading EKGs, Holter monitor recordings, and co-signing device clinic charts, I...
by Dr. Wes on Nov 22, 2015

Concerning Conflicts of Interest at the ABIM, ABMS and NQF

By now various medical societies are telling the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) their ship has sailed. The ABIM's worn mantra that the "public" demands their program is simply not supported by evidence. The tales of misguided incentives a...
by Dr. Wes on Nov 11, 2015

Part I: Why Washington?

When I lived in Washington DC years ago, there was a saying my wife and I heard on occasion from our friends who worked on the Hill: "In New York, it's about finance; In Boston, it's about power; In Washington (DC), it's about access." * * * Th...
by Dr. Wes on Oct 30, 2015

Can Medical Knowledge Be Copyrighted?

A patient with a history of syncope, first degree AV block with evidence of a bundle branch block and 2:1 block on telemetry is examined and 1:1 conduction ensues with carotid massage. You recommend a pacemaker because you understand the electrophys...
by Dr. Wes on Oct 15, 2015

Maintenance of Certification's Real Problem: The Four Deceptions

By now, most specialty boards in medicine appear to have "heard" practicing doctors over their displeasure over the American Board of Medical Specialties' (ABMS) proprietary MOC® program.  They understand.  They agree with us.  They want to play...
by Dr. Wes on Sep 13, 2015


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