As it continues to spiral out of control, the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) issued a press release telling practicing physicians what they've "learned" from "key findings from a representative sample" of internists.
Sadly, how their "representative sample" of internists' survey responses was collected and reported for this press release is telling.
Reviewing the methods used for the survey collection, we see ABIM's "ALL DIPLOMATE" survey was really created from less than 0.2% of all internists they polled. (360 respondents of 196,867 emails sent) and the results were "weighted" from a select subset of the internists whom they repeatedly queried to assure an acceptable response rate, introducing substantial selection bias).
What the ABIM continues to ignore is the overwhelming rebuke of the MOC process from over 23,000 physicians in 2014 and a similar survey result from the membership of the American College of Cardiology.
Propaganda masquerading as flawed survey results that are obtained by unaccountable organizations with large conflicts of interest with the physician testing/quality industry has no place in the practice of medicine. Press releases such as this one issued by the ABIM are both irresponsible and misleading. By issuing this press release, the ABIM demonstrates its blatant disregard for the best interests of physicians and patient care just so they can maintain their lucrative MOC program.