Wednesday, May 28, 2014

American Board of Internal Medicine to all the old farts out there: you're still certified for life---well, sort of

The push back against ABIM's Maintenance of Certification program (MOC) is growing by leaps and bounds. Most of this, as far as I can tell, is coming from docs who certified after 1990 and already had to recertify every 10 years but are now upset over the additional hoops created by ABIM for them to jump through. Missing from most of the discussions is how this affects the older docs who certified before 1990---who were “grandfathered” and told their certification was good for life. I'm afraid some of my older colleagues have slept through what happened. I wasn't aware of it until a few months ago.

So what am I talking about? Well, for the grandfathered internists who choose not to perform the “voluntary” recertification activities the Board is coming as close to de-certifying them as they can without actually taking the certification away and having to say “Sorry. We lied.”

How does it work? It's in the way they report your certification status. Go to their website and look up the name of a grandfathered colleague (this portion of the site is open to the public). Those not participating are designated as Certified but right under that it says Meeting Maintenance of Certification Requirements: No.

What will the public think? What will credentialing bodies think? While this will confuse some people it comes across loud and clear to most as nominally certified but not really certified.

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