For the first time, the history of the ABMS/ABIM board re-certification corruption scandal has reached a peer reviewed medical journal, the Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology. I hope practicing physicians here (and others worldwide) take time to read the history and evolution of board certification in the US reviewed in the article and to review the associated references.
I would like to thank my co-author, Edward J. Schloss, MD (Twitter: @EJSMD) for his contributions to this work and the many helpful editorial suggestions made by the JICE reviewers.
It is time we reconsider the ABMS "Maintenance of Certification" (MOC) program. It is also time to have an independent audit of the financials from 1989 to 2016 from the American Board of Internal Medicine and its Foundation, including full disclosure of the many financial conflicts of interest within the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), the ABIM Foundation, and each of the 24-member boards that comprise the American Board of Medical Specialties. Finally, a full investigation of misleading tax filings and lobbying disclosures of the ABIM as a public tax-exempt 501(c)(3) corporation by the IRS and Department of Justice is long overdue in light of these revelations.
Fisher WG and Schloss EJ. Medical Specialty Certification in the United States - A False Idol? J Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology doi: 10.1007/s10840-016-0119-4 Mar 8, 2016.