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Maintenance of Certification and the Platinum Rule

An Existential Crisis
      Maintenance of Certification (MOC) programs administered by American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) member boards are facing an existential crisis. A series of lawsuits have been filed against various member boards challenging the validity of MOC programs. Granted, these lawsuits appear to be coordinated by a relatively small group of anti-MOC activists, and although none of the plaintiffs have yet to prevail, the lawsuits have underscored the inescapable fact that MOC programs generally are disliked by the very group they were designed to benefit, the diplomates. Lawsuits aside, the frustration with current MOC programs is widespread and not isolated to a specific specialty.
      • Cook D.A.
      • Blachman M.J.
      • West C.P.
      • Wittich C.M.
      Physician attitudes about maintenance of certification: a cross-specialty national survey.
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      • The Patient-Centered Value of the Continuous Certification Process
        Mayo Clinic ProceedingsVol. 95Issue 11
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          On behalf of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS), we are responding to Norby et al1 and Ellenborgen et al2 published in the February 2020 issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Ellenbogen et al2 indicated, “…Maintenance of Certification (MOC) programs generally are disliked by the very group they were designed to benefit, the diplomates.” The ABOS was created to protect the public. Unlike a specialty academy or society, the ABOS is not a member organization and does not exist to serve members but to assess orthopedic surgeons for certification purposes.
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