Physicians Share Maintenance of Certification Insights at PAMED’s Strategic Forum

Last Updated: Nov 16, 2017


During the 2017 AMA Interim Meeting of the House of Delegates, the Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) continued its position as the leader of the national movement to seek badly needed reforms to the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) process that has plagued physicians across a broad spectrum of medical specialties by hosting a Strategic Forum to discuss pertinent issues.

Among the more than 150 registered attendees for the Nov. 13, 2017 event were physician leaders from state medical societies as well as state and national specialty societies. PAMED has hosted an MOC meeting during the annual and interim meeting of the AMA HOD for the past three years. This meeting featured the largest attendance of AMA delegates and alternate delegates to date.

The Strategic Forum provided an opportunity for 26 physician leaders to publicly explain their experience with the existing MOC process and to additionally offer their insight into potential solutions that will be shared with the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and national specialty boards at a future meeting.

Hal Lawrence, MD, who serves as the EVP and CEO of The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and Don Palmisano, Jr., the Executive Director of the Medical Association of Georgia, presented to the group as invited members of a panel to provide an update on the reform efforts.

James Goodyear, MD, the Chair of the Pennsylvania Delegation to the AMA, chaired the meeting. PAMED past Presidents Charles Cutler, MD, and Scott Shapiro, MD, were panel members along with Mr. Palmisano and Dr. Lawrence.

Find out more about PAMED’s advocacy to ensure a fairer MOC process for all physicians here.

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