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THIS IS THE YEAR!

Dear Practicing Physician, 
Welcome Alaska State Medical Society for taking a stand against MOC and the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact!  That makes 20 state medical societies opposing MOC!   MOC is big news and has been in particular, for the last three years, it was listed as the top news story in Medscape and yet, the medical certification industry is not giving up their revenue stream without a fight.  This year, it is time to increase the pressure by getting involved in your medical societies and create resolutions at the state level, similiar to what Oklahoma physicians did in their state this past year. The legislative session will be starting in January, now is the time.  

 
Of course, Board Certification matters! How else could I maintain this lifestyle? I haven't taken call since Dr. Wes was an intern.

NBPAS 
Join the growing list of hospitals in the nation who currently accept NBPAS as an alternative, which includes over 50 hospitals in 21 states.  View the NBPAS year-end update. Physicians can petition their medical executive committees to change the by-laws at the hospital by using a petition, like this one. Remember, the ABMS MOC/Recertification requirement is not only anti-competitive, it prevents practicing physicians from working.  And don't forget to sign the non-compliance petition!

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MOC Alaska Docs Join MOC Opposition - Dr. Meg Edision   

What a year. Today, I received a copy of the Alaska State Medical Association newsletter in my mailbox, and it caps off an incredible year for physicians in our battle against MOC. What started as a small group of docs emailing each other in frustration has grown into an unstoppable movement that now officially extends beyond the “Lower 48”.

MOC Physician Burnout: Treating the Cause, not the Symptoms - Dr. Paul G. Mathew   

Physician burnout is an extremely popular topic
throughout all of medicine. In the simplest terms, burnout is the result of produced effort exceeding expected compensation. So how do we quantify effort and compensation?

ABMS/ABIM Controversy 2016 Year in Review - Dr. Wes Fisher

It's hard to believe that another year has come and gone since my 2015 update on the ABMS/ABIM Maintenanence of Certification controversy. I thought it would be important to maintain this chronological annual review of the ABIM and their conspiring organizations to keep physicians and the public apprised of the situation unfolding.

The ABIM, is the System Too Broken to Fix? - Philadelphia County Medical Society

The maintenance of certification (MOC) is an issue which practicing physicians must face in their future. It is often tied to criteria that dictate a physician’s ability to practice. Preparation is often costly in both time and money and there is much debate on the relevance of MOC in determining a physician’s ability.

Online Patient Survey Results - Dr. Arvind Cavale 

Over the past few years, Dr. Cavale has been collecting data on what patients understand about certification and what it truly means to them. The goal was to get at least 1000 responses and to date, 789 have been obtained. Feel free to take a look at the data. 

ABIM Nonprofit or For Profit?- Suja S. Amir

The overwhelming answer to the question is a definative, NO.   Q1 Does ABIM fulfill the requirements of a public charity? NO  97.3% of 220 Q2.  Does ABIM deserve the 501c3 status that allows them to be exempt from federal income taxes?     NO  97.2% of 210  Q3.  Do you have any other comments, questions, or concerns? (open ended) 223 who answered 171 had negative comments against ABIM and the remaining 52 were either no or n/a.  Here's a compilation of some of the best comments from this survey.  

 
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 MOC/OCC VIDEOS
  1. MOC, MOL, OCC, & C-MOC
  2. Change Board Recert-The Start of a Movement
  3. MOC & MOL Update
  4. OCC  Info
  5. Battling MOC
STATE MED SOCIETIES THAT OPPOSE MOC/MOL
(Click on the state to see resolutions)
California
Florida
Georgia
Indiana 
Iowa
Massachusetts

Michigan 
New Jersey
New York

North Carolina
Ohio
Oklahoma
Pennsylvania
South Carolina

Texas
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia 
Wisconsin
USEFUL DOCUMENTS
1. Dr. Tierstiens PPT to Educate others about MOC Fallicies
2  PPT to discourage MOC in hospitals.
3. 
Statement by AACE on Lifelong Learning
4. ABIM 501C Scam?
5. ABIM Nonprofit or For Profit
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OTHER ONGOING PETITIONS
1. ABFM - Click here
2. ABA - Click here
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. ABPN - Click here 
4. ABP - Click here
5.  ABD - Click here                                             
OTHER MOC VIDEOS
1. PA Med Society Debate - Click here.
2. Beyond Mere Certification -Dr. Paul Kempen  Click 
here
3. MOC: Are Patients & Physicians Winning?  Click here
 
 
STATE LEGISLATION AGAINST MOC
1. Kentucky - Click here
2. Oklahoma - Click here

 The Anti-MOC Campaign

Together, we can beat MOC/OCC/MOL!
How is it going?   Please share any updates, challenges you face in your area, ideas or comments. Email us at info_antimoc@runbox.com.