AMA HOD Resolution to Oppose MOC and MOL for the Red Pants Revolution?

This is just a quick post on what I might start calling the “Red Pants Revolution” regarding the commitment that doctors have for respect for patients and to the principle of lifelong learning though holding respectful opposition to Maintenance of Certification (MOC) and Maintenance of Licensure (MOL). I just sent the message below to the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates (HOD) and maybe, if you’re a physician, you could consider doing the same. I sent it via the link, Contact Us AMA HOD.  The AMA HOD will hold their interim meeting at Gaylord National, National Harbor, Maryland on November 16-19, 2013. Ask them to place opposition to MOC and MOL on their agenda.

I’m a consulting psychiatrist practicing in Iowa. I was the sponsor of the adopted resolution to support the principle of lifelong learning and to oppose Maintenance of Licensure (MOL) in my state. Similar resolutions have been adopted in several states, including, most recently, the Florida Medical Association House of Delegates. Their resolution also included opposition to Maintenance of Certification (MOC). They also recommended that the AMA adopt a similar resolution for national consideration.

I hope the AMA House of Delegates will consider putting this issue on the agenda at their next scheduled meeting November 16-19, 2013 in Gaylord National, National Harbor, Md. In fact, I read the article in the July 3, 2013 issue of American Medical News about the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates directing the AMA to look at how Maintenance of Certification (MOC) processes “can be burdensome” to doctors.

Please lead the many thousands of doctors who believe in lifelong learning and continuous improvement in patient care and who do not believe that MOC and MOL serve patients.

If such a resolution even gets on their agenda for discussion, I’ll consider wearing my red pants to work. If it’s adopted, I will.

What about you? Are you a part of the Red Pants Revolution? Catch this train and don’t get left behind.

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