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    Certifying boards don’t serve physicians’ needs

    ter reading the letter sent by Edward Volpintesta, MD (“Family docs have MOC concerns,” February 10, 2016) I disagree that family physician criticism is rare concerning maintenance of certification (MOC). I believe that we are very vocal.  

    At most meetings where the subject comes up, no one is happy with the current system. In a world of wanting to practice “evidence-based” medicine, there is no evidence that MOC produces better physicians. Why this fact is ignored, I don’t know. Why does ABMS ignore what physicians are speaking out about, I don’t know.

    Three years ago, when my certification expired, I chose to not follow the MOC path. I practice excellent medicine for my patients. I stay up on CME. My patients and local hospital are happy with my efforts. So, it appears according to ABMS, that since I don’t have my current MOC, I am less of a physician. Where is the evidence of that? 

    I believe that all of us who are now being falsely labeled need to stand up and make a choice. Either ABMS represents what we as a large group of physicians believe is fair, or ABMS is dissolved and a new Board system is put in place.

    Lawrence Voesack, MD

    Odessa, Texas



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