What’s Wrong With MOC? Let Dr. Teirstein Answer.

What’s wrong with Maintenance of Certification (MOC)? Well, Dr. Paul Teirstein will tell you. Here’s a video of the October debate between Dr. Paul Teirstein, one of the leaders of the newly formed National Board of Physicians and Surgeons (NBPAS), the alternative to the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), and the President and CEO of the ABMS, Dr. Lois Nora. I’ve embedded the video from the website, Change Board Recertification; the relevant link is here. Let’s hope that link is never broken.

I cheered several times during Dr. Teirstein’s presentation. I don’t mind telling you, it’s his kind of statesmanship and professionalism that was sorely missing from this year’s presidential election season, in my humble opinion. Paul is the reason I think leaders of our boards should be elected instead of hired or appointed or however they’re selected.

On the other hand, given what has happened with voting this year…maybe that’s a bad wish.

Paul’s presentation was really an address, an almost presidential address, if you will–and even if you won’t. Bear in mind, he wasn’t given much time to deliver it, either. Those of us who support the principle of lifeling learning and oppose mindless busywork like MOC are grateful for his leadership, stamina, patience, and courage.

This is particularly important now because I just got a notice from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) that my General Psychiatry MOC recertification exam is coming due in the next couple of years. It would be my last. I’m ambivalent at best about paying the $700 fee and sitting for another test that will not be relevant to my practice. I took my last Psychosomatic Medicine MOC recertification exam last year.

It’s my last because, as a geezer in good standing, I’m looking forward to retiring. I would prefer not to spoil my anticipation of it by taking another test which means very little to me and the patients I care for.

Thank you, Dr. Teirstein.

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