What’s Up with Maintenance of Licensure in Iowa?

I’ve been monitoring the notices on the Iowa Board of Medicine (IBM) web site and just this morning saw that there’s a meeting scheduled for tomorrow and Friday this week. See the link http://www.medicalboard.iowa.gov/

When I clicked on it, I noticed that on the agenda under the heading “Federation of State Medical Boards” are two items that are critically important to Iowans:

  • Medical licensure compact
  • Maintenance of licensure pilot project – Iowa survey update

I sent an email message early today to the IBM inquiring about what this might mean. I have been waiting for the Iowa survey on the Maintenance of Licensure (MOL) pilot projects for several months now and I’ve not seen it. I’ve been told by IBM at a telephone conference call on October 25, 2013 that this online survey was supposed to go to Iowa licensees and at least one of the goals (I hope) is to gauge whether or not Iowa doctors want MOL in Iowa.

My readers know that I’ve been focused on supporting the principle of lifelong learning but opposing MOL in Iowa, and that Iowa physicians overwhelmingly supported the adoption of the resolution to oppose MOL which I and the Iowa Psychiatric Society sponsored in April 2013 at the Iowa Medical Society House of Delegates meeting.

I believe MOL is duplicative and unnecessary in Iowa. Furthermore, I believe that if MOL is established in Iowa, it could hurt recruitment of physicians to our state because many physicians, while agreeing with the principle of lifelong learning, do not support MOL or Maintenance of Certification (MOC) as a vehicle for operationalizing the principle.

While I await a reply from IBM, please help Iowans keep MOL out of Iowa by signing the petition at link http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/iowa-medical-society-house-of-delegates/

I’m also urging physicians in every state to consider launching a similar petition, in effect saying to the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) and the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS)–Don’t You Do It!

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  1. How did you figure out who to send your initial letter to?

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    • Good question. It’s been a few years but I think I checked the contact list on the Iowa Board of Medicine web site which lists board members email and other contact information. I’m pretty sure I contacted a staff member, the Director of Licensure and Administration, who has been very accessible and helpful.

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    • By the way, the Executive Director of the Iowa Board of Medicine emailed me and we’ve tentatively set up a time this week to talk by telephone about the pending MOL survey and the medical licensure compact.

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