'Vision for the Future' Commission Releases MOC Survey Results

books_stethoscopeOn July 26, 2018, the American Board of Medical Specialties “Continuing Board Certification: Vision for the Future Commission” – a group formed to explore ways to improve the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) process – released the results of its MOC stakeholder survey.

Survey responses were received from more than 36,000 participants. 34,616 of the respondents were physicians, 96 percent of whom are Board Certified. Physician respondents were given the opportunity to chose up to four top MOC concerns from a list, and the top concerns selected were:

  • Cost (58 percent of respondents)
  • Burdensome (52 percent of respondents)
  • Does not accurately measure my ability as a clinician (48 percent of respondents)
  • Does not help me improve my practice in a meaningful way (43 percent of respondents)

View Survey Findings 

The Vision for the Future Initiative: Background

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 Vision for the Future initiative to reform MOC, first launched in September 2017, was created to foster a collaborative dialogue across a variety of stakeholder groups.

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.

Throughout 2018 and early 2019, Commission members are being 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 Vision Commission offers this detailed summary of public stakeholder testimony from its first two meetings. 

The next Commission meeting will be held on Aug. 29-30, 2018. View Vision Commission timeline.

How to Submit Comments to the Vision Initiative

Physicians and other stakeholders are encouraged to share feedback about the Vision Initiative. Submit comments via this online form and sign up for the Vision Initiative’s free monthly e-newsletter here.

Additional Resources

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. Get PAMED’s MOC news online at www.pamedsoc.org/moc


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