The Connections Between Owls, Voles and Crossroads

Owl winking

So the other day as my wife and I were out driving we saw this owl sitting on top of a street sign on the intersection not far from our house. He looked straight at me. I remember thinking, “Where were you when the voles were gorging on our lawn? I’ve never seen an owl […]

Does MOC Matter?


So it’s time for another update on the National Board of Physicians and Surgeons (NBPAS) survey. There’s still only a handful of respondents, but the opinion is still pretty clear–doctors want an alternative to the traditional boards. The comments are revealing and, after a while, redundant: Respondents are from states across the U.S. and Canada. […]

Feedback to ABMS on MOC Now!

Nigella declared today Red Pants Revolution for Lifelong Learning Day.

By now most board-certified psychiatrists have received the ABPN Letter to Diplomates letter announcing its suggestion to the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) to make the controversial Part IV of the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) optional. It’s a major step forward and it follows the American Psychiatric Association (APA) letter, ABPN-Letter (1) sent ABPN only days […]

If Only We Knew Then What We Know Now

Dr. Jim Amos, Medal of Irony

I left a comment on the March 17, 2015 Psychiatric Times article “ABIM Finally Gets It Right” by Sidney Weissman, MD, and it should make us all wonder what is the real worth of board certification, let alone Maintenance of Certification (MOC). You can get the same message from Dr. Wes in his post “Money for […]

Survey on The National Board of Physicians and Surgeons

NBPAS logo

By now a lot of physicians are aware of the newly launched alternative board, the National Board of Physicians and Surgeons (NBPAS). I think doctors should check it out and talk it over with their hospital credentials committee and other administrative officers. You might be surprised at what you hear. You could find out that Maintenance […]