On Dec. 4, 2017, PAMED Immediate Past President Charles Cutler, MD, and PAMED EVP Marty Raniowski joined approximately 150 state medical society and national specialty leaders to meet about needed changes to the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) process.
Dr. Cutler was one of a dozen invited national speakers to address MOC concerns. Dr. Cutler spoke about the financial and negative impacts MOC has for practicing physicians, demonstrating the actual costs physicians incur during the preparation for and taking of the 10-year exam. He stressed the need for immediate action and transparency.
A number of specialty boards did present changes they have made to the MOC process, including eliminating the high stakes exam, freezing costs, and providing alternative paths. However, it was pointed out that not every board has or is willing to eliminate the 10-year exam. While the American Board of Medical Specialties made no definitive commitments at the meeting, they have stated that they would take suggestions back to their leadership and to the specialty boards.
PAMED is committed to and will continue to advocate for practical, evidence-based, and affordable life-long learning. Find out more about PAMED's MOC advocacy here.