Sunday, January 13, 2019

Physician Online Gaming for MOC Points

This email was forwarded to my inbox from a colleague who was invited to play this "8-week online computer game and clinical care competition" with colleagues for 4 MOC® points from the University of California San Francisco in collaboration with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME):

From: "Trever Burgon, PhD"
Date: January 12, 2019
To: *************
Subject: CME/MOC Online Clinical Competition: You’re Invited
Reply-To: "Trever Burgon, PhD"

Dear Dr. *************,

You are invited to participate in Quality IQ, an 8-week online game and clinical care competition with primary care providers across the country. Each week, you’ll have a chance to compete against your colleagues, with prizes available for the winners.

One case weekly: Every week you will work-up, diagnose and treat one virtual patient on your phone, tablet or computer. Each case should take you less than 10 minutes.
Compete: See how your care compares with your peers on a weekly leaderboard.

CME and MOC: Earn up to 4 Category I CME credits and 4 Part II ABIM MOC credits for completing your 8 cases.*
Prizes: Amazon gift cards for top performers.
Free: There is no charge to participate in this competition.
The competition is part of an evidence-based medicine study being conducted by academic researchers at UCSF, QURE Healthcare and CE Outcomes.
Your individual responses will be kept confidential, but the overall results are expected to contribute to improved patient care and to be submitted to a national journal for publication.

We will only enroll individuals who meet the specific study requirements below and will discontinue recruitment when the desired sample is achieved. You will qualify to participate if you:
    * Are board certified in internal medicine or family medicine
    * Have access to the internet
    * Read and understand English
    * Care for a panel of at least 1,500 patients

Follow this link join:
Signup and Access First Case

Or copy and paste the URL below into your internet browser:********************************

If you would like to recommend a colleague for the study please reply with the name and email address and we will send them an invitation to participate.

If you have any further questions about the study, please don’t hesitate to call 415-678-5328 or email

*CME and MOC Accreditation and Designation: This activity has been approved by The University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine (UCSF) which is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. UCSF designates this enduring material for a maximum of 4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, will also enable participants to earn up to 4 MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity.

Thank you for your participation.

Trever Burgon, PhD
Vice President
450 Pacific Ave, Suite 200
San Francisco, CA 94133
Office: 415-321-3388 ext 102
Mobile: 650-465-5982

Several interesting points to note:
  • This gaming research is being conducted by a QURE Healthcare that shares the identical address of two law firms, the San Francisco office of Thompson Welch Soroko & Gilbert LLP and JRA Law Partners. Is this company just a shell for data collection?

  • QURE Healthcare shares data with another company, From their website: "CE Outcomes is the premier independent evaluator trusted by CME providers and pharmaceutical/biopharma companies. Impact evaluations are cost effective and produce level 5 outcomes data."
Looks like the American Board of Internal Medicine Maintenance of Certification (MOC®) Product 3.0 is evolving to little more than a bizarre form of "Quality Hunger Games" on a computer between doctors.

You can't make this stuff up.

Please give generously to the PPA legal fund to support of our physician colleagues who have sued the ABIM to end this nonsense.



P Cast said...

Remarakably good timing for CE Outcomes to incorporate in Delaware just before Christine Cassel, the ABIM CEO, managed to get her "fluffy tail" over to the henhouse on Pennsylvania Avenue in April, 2009. As if they knew.

And almost as perfect timing for Qure Healthcare to ride on the back of Fluffy Fox as she settled into the CEO position at the ABIM in the second half of 2003. Qure was incorporated in Delaware near the end of 2004.

Anonymous said...

Looks like the law firm is the registered agent in CA for Qure Healthcare which is foreign entity domiciled in Delaware.

201015910251 QURE, LLC

Registration Date: 06/04/2010
Jurisdiction: CALIFORNIA
Entity Type: DOMESTIC
Status: ACTIVE
Agent for Service of Process: KEVIN F ROONEY
177 POST ST STE 700
Entity Address: 450 PACIFIC AVE STE 200
Entity Mailing Address: 450 PACIFIC AVE STE 200
LLC Management Member Managed

Registration of another company. MSI Global must serve the same purpose on top of their core business practice.

Anonymous said...

Doug Fite said...

Grrrh! $355K+ for Qure. Q v. V. v. Q!

Their tails stopped wagging when the RCT failed.