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
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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: