Blog Posts - Maintenance Of Certification



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

One Small Step

Here's the official final wording of the AMA House of Delegates' Resolution 309, Continuing Medical Education Pathway for Recertification adopted June 15, 2016: Resolution 309, Continuing Medical Education Pathway for Recertification, was adopted a...
by Dr. Wes on Jul 1, 2016

On Small Step

Here's the official final wording of the AMA House of Delegates' Resolution 309, Continuing Medical Education Pathway for Recertification adopted June 15, 2016: Resolution 309, Continuing Medical Education Pathway for Recertification, was adopted a...
by Dr. Wes on Jul 1, 2016

Heart Rhythm Society Waffles on MOC

On Thursday (yesterday), I received this notice from the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) concerning their stance on the American Board of Medical Specialty's (ABMS) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) referendum at the recent AMA House of Delegates meeting...
by Dr. Wes on Jun 24, 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

Video: The Gory Details of ABIM Maintenance of Certification

The Pennsylvania Medical Society posted the presentations made at the AMA House of Delegates Meeting at the Hyatt Regency Chicago on 13 Jun 2016 this morning (please see that link for all of the presentations made). I post just two of those presenta...
by Dr. Wes on Jun 18, 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 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

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

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

Pulling the Plug on ABIM; Pulling the Plug on MOC

Kurt Eichenwald in Newsweek strikes again: Dr. Jones has been a physician for decades. His hundreds of online patient reviews are consistently positive, with an average of just under five stars and raves that he is caring and attentive. Based on th...
by Dr. Wes on Sep 15, 2015

Sometimes a Picture Speaks Louder Than Words

From a Medscape email blast this AM: (Click image to be taken to the story) -Wes Addendum 08:30 AM CST: Link fixed.
by Dr. Wes on Aug 10, 2015

An Independent Cost Analysis of the ABIM Maintenance of Certification Program

Today, the first independent cost analysis of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program was published online before print in the Annals of Internal Medicine from the University of California San Francis...
by Dr. Wes on Jul 28, 2015

EP Lab Activism

Getting ready for the 2015 Heart Rhythm Society Meetings in Boston later this week. Looking forward to seeing everyone there! -Wes...
by Dr. Wes on May 12, 2015

What Happens to Doctors Who Fail Their Maintenance of Certification Examination?

What is it like for physicians to fail their ABMS Maintenance of Certification® (MOC) program examination? How does the largest member board of the ABMS, the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), respond to doctors who fail their secure exa...
by Dr. Wes on May 8, 2015


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