“Vision for the Future” Commission for MOC Reform Shares Updates & Next Steps

books_stethoscopeThe 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 – has released this September 2018 update on its progress.

The Commission reported that it discussed the key observations and findings resulting from the more than 21 hours of testimony provided over the past five months, as well as the results from the stakeholder surveys and feedback. View Results of the Commission’s MOC Stakeholder Survey

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.

Commission members have been gathering information and holding hearings with the goal of providing a set of recommendations about the future of continuing board certification for consideration by ABMS. 

The next Commission meeting will be held on Oct. 15-16, 2018. And, in November 2018, the Commission plans to release a draft report for public comment. 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 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

You can also find PAMED’s MOC statement of principles here.

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