Maintenance of Certification

mocAs a pediatrician and having recently finished a cycle of re-certification, I did not expect to revisit this topic [Maintenance of Certification (MOC)] soon.  However, now I have had some time to reflect.  It seems to me that to require ongoing certification with recurrent exams, three questions need to be answered:
1) Does it lead to better medical outcomes?
2) Does it lead to fewer malpractice cases?
3) Does it help us practice medicine more efficiently (better care with less cost and less time)?

I’m not saying that MOC does not meet these goals but I have not been presented with any evidence that it does.  Are the data out there?  If so, why doesn’t the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) present it?

2 Responses to “Maintenance of Certification”

  1. Michelle Cretella, MD February 3, 2014 at 12:02 pm #

    I assume the ABP does not post the evidence because there is no evidence to post; only pockets to be lined with our fees …

  2. Dr Randy April 21, 2014 at 7:49 pm #

    It seems like the evidence should be there BEFORE implementing an expensive policy

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