APA Caucus on MOC; Getting Our Second Wind?

There will be an American Psychiatric Association (APA) Caucus on Maintenance of Certification (MOC) issues today open only to APA members in San Francisco at the annual APA meeting. One of the jugular issues is the concern about ethical and practical difficulties associated with the Performance in Practice (PIP) activities. Another is the recent lawsuit filed in Federal court by the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) challenging the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) MOC. The Caucus is also about developing an action plan for dealing with these issues.

This shows that a significant number of APA members are still actively opposed to the MOC, though I’m sure they continue to support the principle of continuous quality improvement in clinical skills and knowledge in our ability to provide excellent care to our patients. This echoes the 2011 APA elections in which the Referendum opposing MOC would have passed had there been enough voting members, Maintenance of Licensure and Certification for Physicians and the PIP Requirement – The Practical Psychosomaticist.

M Ali boxingIt looks like APA members are getting their second wind on the MOC issue.

“…And we must build a culture of humanistic clinical excellence.”—Jamos the Elder
“…And we must build a culture of humanistic clinical excellence.”—Jamos the Elder

Author: Jim Amos

Dr. James J. Amos is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry in the UI Carver College of Medicine at The University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. Dr. Amos received a B. S. degree in Distributed Studies (Zoology, Chemistry, and Microbiology) in 1985 from Iowa State University and an M.D. from The University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa in 1992. He completed his psychiatry residency, including a year as Chief Resident, in 1996 at the Department of Psychiatry at The University of Iowa. He has co-edited a practical book about consultation psychiatry with Dr. Robert G. Robinson entitled Psychosomatic Medicine: An Introduction to Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry. As a clinician educator, among Dr. Amos’s most treasured achievements is the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award.