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Physician Burnout and MOC: Treating the Cause, Not the Symptoms

This brilliant essay appeared in Practical Neurology Nov/Dec 2016 issue by Paul G. Mathew, MD, FAAN, FAHS. Dr. Mathew is on staff in the Department of Neurology and is Director of Continuing Medical Education at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Jo...
by Dr. Wes on Dec 17, 2016

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

ACGME Announces New Affiliation with ABMS

PRNewswire - (Chicago) July 1, 2016 - Today, the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) announced a new affiliation with the American Board of Medical Stenographers (ABMS), promising new efficiencies and reduced medical transcrip...
by Dr. Wes on Jul 1, 2016

ABIM's Bedfellows

Right now, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has a comment period that extends through 27 Jun 2016 regarding MACRA, the new payment scheme created by the health care industry, to pay physicians on the front line of health care. I en...
by Dr. Wes on Jun 22, 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

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

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

American College of Cardiology and the MOC Crisis

This week's issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC) contains an editorial from Robert Shor, MD, Chair of the American College of Cardiology (ACC) Board of Governors entitled "Addressing the Maintenance of Certification Crisi...
by Dr. Wes on Jul 26, 2015

A Promising Week of Firsts

It was quite a week for America's practicing physicians.  For months the frustration over the lack of accountability of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) and the American Board of Medical Specialties Maintenance of Certification (MOC)...
by Dr. Wes on Apr 16, 2015

Doctors: If You Hate MOC, Write To Your Senator Today

There is nothing that has unified U.S. physicians more than their distain for the American Board of Medical Specialties' (ABMS) unproven Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Unfortunately, portions of this program will be used as a physician r...
by Dr. Wes on Apr 9, 2015

Money for Nothing

Imagine paying $4,675 for a piece of paper. It would make the days of $436 military hammers look pretty cheap, wouldn't it? Now imagine that piece of paper comes with a promise of having to pay more for your own good and where time spent acquiring t...
by Dr. Wes on Mar 24, 2015

Physician Civil War or Revolution?

Today, Kurt Eichenwald published a report in Newsweek on the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) scandal entitled "The Ugly Civil War in American Medicine." Here's a small exerpt:Slass says the suggestion that the ABIM is “purposefully fail...
by Dr. Wes on Mar 10, 2015

Grass Roots: It's Time To Take Action on MOC

As many long-term readers of this blog are aware, because of concerns over its coercive nature, I have been investigating the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program implemented in large part by the Ame...
by Dr. Wes on Jan 16, 2015


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