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    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.

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    • Anonymous
      Restore "patient trust"? I had to reread this article's title numerous times because I thought ABIM was trying to restore "PHYSICIAN trust". My patients trust me and have zero clue about what ABIM even is....what a joke. I refuse to get recertified ever again...it's just a money making scheme by a monopoly that has somehow garnered way too much power in it's short life. ABIM needs to prove that it even has a purpose beyond just bilking physicians from thousands of dollars to sit answering questions that have nothing to do with ambulatory internal medicine. Why in the world would I need to know vent settings or anything about hospital in-patient treatments (hemodialysis anyone) when I haven't set foot in a hospital in almost 20 years? ABIM is completely obsolete and I'm so thankful the medical community sees it and we physicians are pushing back!

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