Recently, the Pennsylvania Medical Society sent this letter to the executive vice presidents of all US state medical societies and many specialty societies regarding their vote of no confidence regarding the ABMS Maintenance of Certification® (MOC®) program and the current leadership at ABIM, stating specifically:
"... We believe that their current leadership is not capable of reforming the process in a timely, academically meaningful, and fiscally responsible way.For those interested in learning more or who's state is ready to sign on can email Dr. Scott Shapiro, President of the PA Medical Society at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
In keeping with the consensus of our members and physicians across the country, we call for the immediate replacement of the entire ABIM Board of Directors and leadership with new leadership, representative of physicians actively participating in the full-time practice of clinical medicine. The undersigned organizations would further offer to assist the ABIM and any of the ABIM subspecialties with the formation and transition to a new Board that is representative of and accountable to the physicians whom they will certify. ..."
Please forward a copy of this letter to all of your practicing physician colleagues (irrespective of specialty) and ask each of them to contact the leadership of their respective state medical societies and specialty societies to urge them to co-sign this letter and work with the PA Medical Society to end the corrupt ABMS MOC® re-certification requirement.
Only through aggressive, meaningful, nationwide collective action against this needless, unaccountable, expensive, and coercive ABMS re-certification program will practicing physicians restore sanity to our own life-long continuing medical education process.
A copy of the letter to circulate to your colleagues can be downloaded here.