ABOS & MOC: Value for Our Profession

Sanford E. Emery, MD, MBA

Value in the patient care industry has become increasingly important for patients, healthcare entities, and physicians. As orthopaedic surgeons, we expect value as well in our professional requirements of lifelong learning.

Recently, the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) pulled back some of their newly instituted requirements for Maintenance of Certification (MOC), apologizing to internal medicine diplomates that they “got it wrong.” This change was in response to a groundswell of complaints regarding the yearly requirements, reporting, unpopular high-stakes tests, and new fees that comprised the ABIM’s MOC process. Practice Assessment, Patient Voice, and Patient Safety requirements have been removed as part of the ABIM’s MOC requirements.

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