We the patients demand a reassessment of the status quo.
The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) Inc/American Osteopathic Association Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists (AOABOS) are not-for-profit Company’s that provides “Board Certification” of physicians on a voluntary basis. The ABMS/AOABOS are autonomous corporation(s) that maintains no “proof of performance” requirements and are subject to neither accountability nor oversight.
The ABMS/AOABOS have not proven themselves to be effective measurers of a physician’s expertise, knowledge or abilities. They have, rather, become a good idea that has gone terribly wrong. Financial interests and micro-management have replaced concern for reasonable checks-and-balances on physicians.
The content and format of the questions and answers used for these certifications have evolved to an unacceptable point. They no longer view a patient as an individual with his/her own unique circumstances. Rather, they are now painting all patient issues with a broad and common brush.
The re-certification process fails to take into consideration a physicians experience and years in practice. This process does not account for lifelong learning, Continuing Medical Education (100+ credit hours) and patient results and satisfaction.
Physician compliance with ABMS/AOABOS testing is on the decrease because doctors feel that a disconnection has developed between the approach of ABMS/AOABOS and the “real world” practice of medicine. The failure rate of experienced physicians continues to be on the rise against all logic. This is a strong indicator that the system is flawed and has resulted in concrete limitations of patient care and choice of physician services. This is especially evident in the Primary Care area where the need is greatest.
I, as a patient, support doctors refusal to participate in the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) Inc. /American Osteopathic Association Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists (AOABOS) programs and/or any like group.