ABIM touts certification to restore patient trust
Trust in ABIM?
During the question-and-answer session, some audience members argued that ABIM needs to do more work to gain trust from physicians. Charles Cutler, MD, a frequent critic of ABIM and the MOC process, said that ABIM pays its staff and directors often exorbitant salaries from the revenues collected by physician fees.
“ABIM spends a lot of money,” Cutler said. “It’s not your money, it’s our money. It just doesn’t make sense to me all the money that is being spent. … I think a monster has been created here.”
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Baron responded that ABIM is focused on improving for the future, and that the organization provides its financial information on its website. He stressed that ABIM uses its revenues efficiently and transparently.
“We stand on our record at this time,” Baron said.
Louis Saravolatz, MD, an internist who serves as governor of ACP’s Michigan chapter, said that ABIM needs to take the criticism delivered by physicians such as Cutler seriously, because many internists feel the same way.
“There clearly needs to be an effort to build trust with the ABIM going forward,” he said.