'Vision for the Future' Commission on Maintenance of Certification Reform

This past March 2018, the American Board of Medical Specialties “Continuing Board Certification: Vision for the Future Commission” held its first meeting to discuss efforts to reform the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) process.

Charles Cutler, MD, MACP

The Commission members represent a cross-section of physicians and other stakeholders. 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.

While 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.

The Commission obtained feedback on MOC via an open stakeholder survey which was open through May 11, 2018.

The Vision for the Future Initiative: Background

The reform 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.

What’s Next

The next Commission meeting will be on May 30 – June 1, 2018. The meeting will feature sections open to the public and will also be live streamed. Additional details about the Vision Initiative can be found online at visioninitiative.org.

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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