By now a lot of physicians are aware of the newly launched alternative board, the National Board of Physicians and Surgeons (NBPAS). I think doctors should check it out and talk it over with their hospital credentials committee and other administrative officers. You might be surprised at what you hear. You could find out that Maintenance of Certification (MOC) has never been a part of the credentialing process where you work, that people high up on the ladder barely know what MOC is and would appreciate hearing more about it, and you might even discover that board certification itself is not an institutional requirement. It’s worth asking.
The American College of Physicians (ACP) had a few remarks about the NBPAS which the founder, Dr. Paul Teirstein, MD, Chief of Cardiology and Director of Interventional Cardiology for the Scripps Clinic in San Diego, countered as you can see in the tweet below:
So that introduces my newest 2 question survey, in which I try to get some idea of whether doctors are receptive to the idea of an alternative board. The space for comments is important so let me know how you really feel, and I’m not speaking as a psychiatrist here. Just to let you know, I’m all for it. The survey link is below: