So I found another way to describe Maintenance of Certification (MOC). It’s a hurrah’s nest. Never heard of it? Neither had I until I got focused on a very messy Robins’ nest an industrious couple of birds were trying to build on our deck. In simple terms, a hurrah’s nest is a big mess which is the impression I always get when I try to navigate the Performance in Practice (PIP) modules (or just about anything else) on the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) website. I have a heck of a time finding anything in that hodgepodge.
If you need a definition and a word origin summary of “hurrah’s nest”, your best bet is probably here.
Anyway, I’ve seen a lot of Robins’ nests but none like the one below in the series of snapshots of our deck indicating a week of progress on what looks like an attempt to erect a bird high rise of some kind. I discovered later in a Google search that all kinds of birds build goofy nests in unusual places, even hubcaps.
I removed the nest before the birds could lay eggs, figuring their survival would be even worse than usual. But they’re back at it because like most birds, they just don’t seem to know when to quit foolhardiness for good…and when it’s time for a change. For some of us that will mean retirement at long last. For other souls, it’ll mean the courageous confrontation of the laws that keep the boards’ hurrah nests in place. Good luck to the National Board of Physicians and Surgeons (NBPAS).