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    Physicians fed up, feel trapped by MOC

    We asked members of the Medical Economics Reader Reactor Panel, 200 physicians representing various specialties across the U.S., about their feelings on maintenance of certification and their daily lives in medicine. Here’s what they said about recertification:

    "Board recertification has almost nothing to do with my daily work as a primary care physician. It is an angst-generating exercise in arcane minutiae that robs me of work and family time for little gain or benefit. In my opinion, it is academic extortion and a blatant money grab. Unless absolutely forced to because of business reasons, I hope not to recertify a third time as it is a painful experience that does not really help me or my patients.”  

    Related: MOC, recertifications are ‘cancers’ doctors should rally against

    W. David Smith, MD
    Internal medicine, Cincinnati, Ohio

    “After starting the MOC process for family medicine, I realized there was no relevance to my current practice of medicine and that it was pure busy work and a waste of my time. Having recertified six times before taking the same test that residents fresh out of training were taking, I could not find any reason for the change.  The certification board was assuming duties left to state licensure boards with a huge overreach grab for power.  As I investigated further, the board could not supply me with a satisfactory explanation or real science to back up their claims.  They were making a voluntary program mandatory with financial gain and power on their part as the real reason. I looked for alternatives and still list myself as board certified by NBPAS and am happy to recertify with continuing education requirements that match the practice of family medicine that I need to ensure my patients receive the best care.”

    Rob Jones, MD
    Family medicine, Phoenix, Arizona

    Next: "Forme of extortion"

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