A Dirty Dozen Signatures on the Petition to Oppose MOL

Well, there are now a dozen signatures (a dirty dozen?) on the petition supporting the principle of lifelong learning and opposing Maintenance of Licensure (MOL) as a way to express that principle. I have the author of the blog Psych Practice, Dr. Rebecca M. Twersky-Kengmana, to thank for adding her name to the list of signatures, http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/iowa-medical-society-house-of-delegates/. I encourage everyone to visit her blog. You can find the link to her blog on the menu below the header on my blog as well.

I’ve often thought of myself as sort of a rodeo clown in the whole Maintenance of Certification (MOC) and MOL debate. The real heroes are leaders like Dr. Paul Kempen, MD, who will be delivering a presentation entitled “Challenging MOC & MOL: Evidence-Based Medicine, or Monopolized Income Stream for the Medical Boards?” at a Michigan event you can learn more about at link, OtherCare: Liberation & Innovation in American Healthcare – Eventbrite##. While I don’t necessarily agree with everything espoused in the announcement, I respect them,  and my views generally coincide with that of Dr. Kempen’s when it comes to the MOC and MOL.

I guess they don’t call them rodeo clowns anymore. They call them bullfighters.

I wonder who will offer their signatures in order to get beyond the unlucky thirteen?


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.

2 thoughts on “A Dirty Dozen Signatures on the Petition to Oppose MOL”

    1. Many thanks. I’ll be on duty in the hospital in July so I can’t attend the conference. I’m sure it will be well-attended.

      Best wishes,

      Jim Amos, MD


Comments are closed.