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    Maintaining certification: gold standard or is luster tarnished?

     

    So to recap: Medical boards are costing physicians time and money, both essential to running a practice and ensuring patient care. This then begs the question: Is board certification as it exists in 2017 still a necessity? I say no.

     

    Editorial: ABIM needs to look in the mirror when discussing lack of trust

     

    Board certification doesn’t speak to the physician’s bedside manner or how they deal with the real challenges of healthcare today. 

    You can bet that the vast majority of physicians maintain their CME credits, stay up-to-date on guidelines and spend numerous hours—mainly uncompensated hours—figuring out answers to complex patient problems. 

    Physicians face enough tests every day. Let’s laud them, not put additional obstacles in their way. 

     

    Keith L. Martin is editorial director of
    Medical Economics. Do you think board certification truly establishes “good doctors”? Tell us at [email protected]

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    • wes@------.com
      From 2000-2016, ABIM failed 12.8% of physicians on their MOC exam. From 1990-2007, the ABIM secretly took $77 million of physician testing fees to fund their ABIM Foundation that invests retirement assets offshore in the Cayman Islands and fraudulently completes its tax forms in an attempt to cover all this up. Tell me again why any credible doctor in the United States shouldn't sue the hell out of ABIM? Oh wait, they have! (1:14-cv-02705). Will our legal system please wake up?
    • WCLARKB@------.NET
      The lack of trust between the diplomats and their respective boards is overwhelming. The boards as a group, generally following the ACIM elephant, have become less and less a part of the lives of their unwilling fellow travelers as they get more and more intimate with their pocket books. The MOC was supposedly a response to a stealth groundswell of opinion. Its blatant grab for money was self-evident and probably would have been tolerated had it returned equal services for the money rendered. Instead we all got recycled resident "gotcha" questions and many more hoops to jump through. None of these have been demonstrated to do more than what CME does. I do locum tenens work exclusively, submitting 3 to 4 hospital applications a year since my initial MOC lapsed in 2009. Since then I have had two applications denied due to MOC requirements out of 25 hospital applications. It seems that the hospitals know a scam when they see it. I wonder how long it will take for the hard-working practitioners will figure it out as well?
    • WCLARKB@------.NET
      The lack of trust between the diplomats and their respective boards is overwhelming. The boards as a group, generally following the ACIM elephant, have become less and less a part of the lives of their unwilling fellow travelers as they get more and more intimate with their pocket books. The MOC was supposedly a response to a stealth groundswell of opinion. Its blatant grab for money was self-evident and probably would have been tolerated had it returned equal services for the money rendered. Instead we all got recycled resident "gotcha" questions and many more hoops to jump through. None of these have been demonstrated to do more than what CME does. I do locum tenens work exclusively, submitting 3 to 4 hospital applications a year since my initial MOC lapsed in 2009. Since then I have had two applications denied due to MOC requirements out of 25 hospital applications. It seems that the hospitals know a scam when they see it. I wonder how long it will take for the hard-working practitioners will figure it out as well?
    • mccoy.loren@------.com
      We need to address MOC for what it is, a money grab by the ABMS and especially the ABIM. No study has EVER showed the utility of MOC. I just took and passed my third MOC 10-year exam. It was dificult and the questions literally had nothing to do with anything I or any of my colleagues do on a daily basis. The whole process was miserable and made me feel like a slave to the ABIM. I thing Richard Baron, M.D., has sold us all out in order to enrich himself and his organization. I fully support and am a member of the NBPAS.

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