Facing the Music or Changing the Tune?

So I’ve shelled out $1500 to apply for the Psychosomatic Medicine (PM) recertification exam in 2015. I didn’t like it, but I was unwilling to let the PM credential go. I might have if I were not employed by an academic medical center with residency programs. Certainly those who read my blog with any regularity know I don’t care for the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) and deplore the Maintenance of Licensure (MOL) process. Looks like I’m facing the music since I can’t change the tune–for now.

That doesn’t mean I think lifelong learning is unimportant. In fact, I think it’s one of the most important activities in which a doctor can engage. As I anticipate the upcoming telephone conference discussing my opposition to MOL with the Iowa Board of Medicine (IBM) in about a week’s time, I consider what my approach ought to be. I think it should be constructive. I plan to highlight my opinion and the facts about MOL as to why it’s a waste of time for Iowa’s physicians.

I’m also facing the music about my participation in MOC, which probably makes the MOL duplicative and unnecessary. Hey, if I’ve applied for the PM MOC recertification exam, that means I’m complying with MOC. Technically, there would not be a compelling reason to recertify in PM–if I were not in academia. If we tried again to get a PM Fellowship approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), I’d probably need to be recertified.

I’ll have about 10 minutes at most, and I’m not sure if I’ve got an elevator pitch short enough. But I have a few slides.

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Don’t forget; you still have an opportunity to sign the petition to support lifelong learning and oppose MOL at http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/iowa-medical-society-house-of-delegates/

“…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



  1. You have to do what you have to do. Good luck on the test and keep up on posting, it matters and does good.


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