Find a Penny in Your Pocket…

Remember that Canadian penny I lost which I mentioned in a previous post? Believe it or not, I found it yesterday in the pocket of a pair of pants I searched at least 3 times!

I was flabbergasted. I thought I’d never find it and I was really disappointed because it was the penny my wife found while we were on vacation in Niagara Falls. She picked it up somewhere on the Canadian side. This reminds me of the old saying,

Find a penny in your pocket. Good luck takes off like a rocket.

OK, so there’s no old saying even close to that because I just made it up, but I’m going to recommend it be added to real sayings like “Find a penny, pick it up. All day long you’ll have good luck.”

Anyway, good luck is coming my way because the first meeting of our Psychosomatic Medicine Interest Group (PMIG) sure took off like a rocket. There are moments during a meeting where you can feel the energy, excitement, and curiosity surge. I got that feeling several times and, judging from the feedback surveys, so did the residents and faculty members who attended.

We’ve got the first few months scheduled out (click to enlarge images):

I can tell you I found the meeting a lot more interesting than the boring and irrelevant Maintenance of Certification (MOC) activities I have to drag my way through for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN). The PMIG and the Clinical Problems in Consultation Psychiatry (CPCP) case conferences are important to what we do as consulting psychiatrists and they don’t waste our time.

So maybe the lucky penny could help me persuade the ABPN to give up inflicting the Part IV MOC component on diplomates. This is the Performance in Practice or PIP Gyp which has several flaws, including that it can be gamed.

You would think that the boards would give up on this whole swindle given the enormous groundswell of protest which continues everywhere in the country. Among the latest articles I’ve seen is the one about the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) opposition to MOC which emphasize the importance of cultivating excellence, not just “certifying” competence.

A penny I found in my pocket

Might ignite my good luck like a rocket

Docs have a yearning

For great lifelong learning

So could the boards drop the MOC cuz we MOCk it?