Eliminate MOC’s cumbersome process and physicians will get on board
Below is a mildly edited version of an email I sent a few months ago to my only child, a partner in our practice of primary care internal medicine.
My Dear Alberto,
I originally got certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) in 1990. I recertified in 2000 and told myself and a few others it would be my last recertification because by 2010, I would be 58 years old, my son would be through with his training and any patient who insisted on a “board certified” doctor could see him.
I was sure that by 2000 I could retire any time I wanted, since the practice of medicine has been so good to us and we’ve been very frugal all these years. Then and now I work principally for the love of medicine and my patients. If “the system” wants to give me a hard time, I can go concierge or retire completely. The “fat cats” can go to hell. But will they take care of my patients? Of course not. They’re too busy being ivory tower administrators, far away from the trenches in the front lines of medicine, not actually taking care of patients.