Petitions Supporting Lifelong Learning

announcementThis is just a brief announcement to highlight a couple of petitions supporting lifelong learning by opposing Maintenance of Certification (MOC) and Maintenance of Licensure (MOL). See this link for very basic background from the perspective of psychiatry, TCPR May 2013

The petition to the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) was launched on March 10, 2014 and continues to attract a large number of signatures, including mine. My petition opposing MOL still struggles toward its humbler goal. You don’t have to be a psychiatrist or even a physician to support it.

And don’t forget to answer Question 31 on the ironically named Iowa Physician Acceptability Survey regarding MOL, which runs until April 21, 2014. Thanks again for your support!



  1. Lifelong physician learning via CME and practice experience with patients, yes. Lifelong extortion by government and certification organizations, no!


  2. Be sure to read the Iowa Medical Society announcement about the Iowa Board of Medicine Physician Survey at which has noteworthy remarks:

    “The IBM emphasizes that it has not yet determined to adopt MOL; rather, it continues to study this initiative.”

    “IMS policy H-275-019, adopted by the 2013 House of Delegates, supports physician life-long learning and quality improvements to medical practice. IMS, however, opposes MOL for those physicians who are board certified and/or are maintaining relevant CME and peer-reviewed quality medical practice and/or are participating in maintenance of certification (MOC). IMS further opposes MOL implementation for other physicians absent sufficient supportive data demonstrating that MOL supports patient outcomes and improves the quality of medical care.”


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