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PAMED Issues Statement of No Confidence in ABIM During National MOC Panel Discussion

On June 13, 2016, the Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) delegation hosted a Maintenance of Certification (MOC) panel discussion at the American Medical Association's (AMA) Annual Meeting in Chicago. More than 120 physicians attended the discussion.

PAMED has taken a national leadership role on MOC reform and hosted the event in order to continue to educate physician colleagues on matters related to MOC and the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM). We are committed to supporting AMA, state, and specialty efforts to create a continuous professional development process that works for all physicians.

Below is a June 13, 2016 statement from PAMED President Scott Shapiro, MD, about the MOC panel and PAMED's next steps:

Today, at the AMA Annual Meeting in Chicago, our Pennsylvania Medical Society Delegation convened a national discussion panel to present their research findings, insights, and recommendations regarding the failures of the American Board of Internal Medicine and the MOC process. The discussion regarding the actions, finances and possible historical motivations for the ABIM actions was eye-opening and alarming. 

Notably, during the conference, we announced that our PAMED Board of Trustees—after reviewing the available data and recent ABIM actions—voted and are now issuing a statement of no confidence in the ABIM's Board and leadership

We also announced that, earlier this year, our PAMED Board approved the necessary funding to move forward with obtaining a legal opinion into whether PAMED would have standing to file a lawsuit against the ABIM. We hired a firm and recently received their opinion that not only would we have standing but they found potential legal claims consistent with our concerns that could be filed in a lawsuit against the ABIM. 

Physician leaders from many other states have inquired about how their state can join PAMED's efforts. We look forward to these and other strategic conversations in the near future.

Scott Shapiro, MD, FACC, FCPP
PAMED President
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More Resources from PAMED's MOC Panel Discussion

Access the PowerPoint presentations for the other speakers at PAMED's MOC panel:

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The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology similarly is unresponsive and clearly setting up an income stream rather than a verification of ongoing clinical competence of the diplomats. I would hope organized medicine would stand up to all these boards which try to invent relevence for profit.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 8:08:24 PM


I second TSmitz's remark. I am boarded in Neurology, Clinical Neurophysiology and Sleep medicine. I re-certed in Neurology just to prevent administrative hassles with the hospital, payers,etc, but let the Clinical Neurophys go. I have better things to do with my time than travel to some test center and waste my time clicking questions, and be charged $1k plus for the privilege. If the fight to end the MOC process procees along to other specialties than IM I am in.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 9:51:34 PM