No matter how hard I've tried to expose the theft of millions of dollars of our testing fees to purchase an expensive $2.3 million condominium for the ABIM Foundation, the millions more for real estate purchases (see here and here), exorbitant salaries and use of our dollars to hire felons and legal teams as a "Test Security" division to strong-arm physicians, expose the undisclosed financial conflicts of interest ignored in our most esteemed medical journals, discussed with main stream media, appeared in person at AMA House of Delegates meetings and before state Heath Committees to testify on this corruption, nothing seems to change.
Instead, I have been called an 'unhinged' and 'virulent' critic by American Board of Internal Medicine lawyers or threatened with allegations of defamation by Wall Street attorneys as verifiable findings are tossed aside, ignored, or new Vision Commissions created to continue the manipulative (and financial) status quo. Despite everything exposed by myself and others regarding the harm imposed on physicians by this program, MOC® remains strongly supported, promoted, and (more importantly) mandated by our largest bureaucratic professional medical organizations and hospitals - all members of the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) - as if the corruption regarding MOC® didn't happen, isn't true, and not that serious.
After a much needed vacation away from my clinical demands, I now understand why I feel the way I do.
Practicing physicians are being "gaslighted."
Gaslighting is a malicious and hidden form of mental and emotional abuse designed to plant seeds of self-doubt and alter physicians' perception of reality. It is my belief that by supporting MOC® in spite of the evidence against it, the ACGME and their member organizations (chief among them the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), the American Medical Association (AMA), and the American Hospital Association (AHA)) use gaslighting to establish power and control over physicians on the front line of patient care and state legislators that are being encouraged to support it.
I encourage physicians to review this brief video on the origin of the term "gaslighting," and how it is used to manipulate the narrative on MOC®:
What to Do About the Gaslighting
A second interesting Ted Talk (video) by Ariel Leve gives tips on how to deal with the gaslighter. I encourage those interested to view it. In the video, Ms. Leve, a journalist who endured gaslighting by her mother for years, suggests four ways to deal with the gaslighter that have applicability to physicians and politicians at the forefront of the anti-MOC® movement today:
- Remain defiant.
- Recognize there will never be accountability.
- Let go of the wish for it to be different.
- Develop healthy detachment.
PS: A survey of Board-certified practicing physicians regarding MOC® is still being conducted. If you have not done so already, please complete the survey here.