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    MOC prep takes doctors away from care

    I have to applaud your magazine and your editorial staff for publishing “MOC is wrong. Period” (Your Voice, October 25, 2017) written by Dr. Edward Volpintesta, MD.  The whole MOC program is sucking the life out of doctors. I am board-certified in internal medicine, but I do not practice, because I specialized in phlebology (treating varicose veins).  To participate with certain medical insurance carriers, I was required to be “board certified” in a specialty that is recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties. 

    Therefore, I took valuable time to prepare and pass the ABIM examination.  Not only did preparation for the exam keep me from valuable time I could have spent with my family, but it also caused me to get behind on keeping up with my office EHR (because I just wanted to study).  I’ll never get that time back in my life.  There are many specialists in my same position that feel that MOC is a waste of valuable time. 

    I understand and  agree with keeping up on CME respective for your field of medicine, but after physicians initially pass their board certification examination, that should mean that they are “certified” at that point.

    In my 13 years of private practice, I have had less than 5 patients ever ask if I was “Board Certified.”  On top of that, I have NEVER had one patient ever ask if I was enrolled in a “Maintenance of Certification” program.  

    Again, thank you for publishing articles that matter in today’s medicine. 

    Manuel E. Garcia, MD
    East Lansing, Michigan

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