New Commission on MOC Reform to Include PAMED Physician Leader Charles Cutler, MD

The American Board of Medical Specialties has taken a step forward in its “Continuing Board Certification: Vision for the Future” initiative to reform the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) process for physicians.

Dr-Charles-CutlerWhile physicians agree that life-long learning is essential to their profession, many have expressed concerns that the current recertification process is not transparent and is not always an accurate measure of clinical competency.

On Feb. 5, 2018, the members of a group tasked with making recommendations to improve the current process – the Vision Initiative Commission – were announced. Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) Past President Charles Cutler, MD, MACP, an internal medicine physician from Norristown, was one of 26 members chosen from a pool of nearly 200 applicants from 42 states. View the list of Vision Initiative Commission members.

The initiative, first launched in September 2017, was created to foster a collaborative dialogue across a variety of stakeholder groups. Throughout 2018 and early 2019, Commission members will be tasked with:

  • Including stakeholders in a transparent process
  • Gathering information and holding hearings
  • Conducting a national survey
  • Examining how physicians learn and are assessed today
  • Considering how to incorporate new knowledge and clinical information in programs, to help physicians stay up to date in their specialty
  • Considering recent advances in educational psychology that may support physicians’ autonomy, mastery, and purpose

The Commission will then present its recommendations and findings to the ABMS and 24 Member Boards for their consideration.

Additional details about the Vision Initiative can be found online at

How to Share MOC Comments with the Vision Initiative

A stakeholder survey and online comment form are now available online at Feedback from physicians, other health care professionals, and patients is welcome.

PAMED is committed to and will continue to advocate for practical, evidence-based, and affordable life-long learning. We will continue to share updates concerning the MOC reform initiative via our website, weekly Dose email newsletter, and social media.

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