May 21st, 2014
Ms. Carol A. Thoma
American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians
330 E. Algonquin Road, Suite 6
Arlington Heights, Illinois 60005
RE: AOA # 064509
I am in receipt of the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians letter from you dated May 14th, 2014 indicating that I have passed both cognitive and practical re-certifications in Osteopathic Family Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment, and that my certificate re-certification period will be from January 1st, 2015 to December 31st., 2022, a period of eight years only.
I am writing to inquire if the OCC, the Osteopathic Continuous Certification process is required to keep my Ohio Medical license.
I am opposed to the AOBFP’s and the A.O.A.’s agendas and demands that are forced upon us doctors in order to keep our certifications. It is very wrong. I am also opposed to the so-called cutoff date for doctors that are exempt from continual re-certifications if their initial certification certificates are before March 1997.
The re-certification process makes absolutely no sense and it is discriminatory against doctors that fall after that date, such as myself. It is wrong, and it must be stopped. It serves no purpose, for if it did all doctors, not just specifically selected doctors would be required to re-certify. It appears to me that the individuals involved with making the rules have excluded themselves from such guidelines of mandatory re-testing.
This last re-certification examination process has cost me thousands of dollars and has added debt to my already financially strained practice; I cannot afford to continue with this time consuming and expensive process. I certainly don’t appreciate that my medical organizations and medical boards don’t seem to care about us doctors. The entire United States’ Agenda appears to have created a “War against Doctors.”
I have no intention of ever re-certifying again for I believe it is a big waste of doctors’ hard earned money, and that it is totally unfair and bias. Most doctors feel the same.
Please inform how the process will work for me since I have no plans to ever re-certify again because I believe that my certificate should be just as those that have theirs prior to March 1997, non-expiring.
Do I still need to participate and pay enormous, unjust fees for the OCC process to keep compliant with my CMEs Continuing medical educations credit hours or am I permitted to select continuing education categories that benefit the patients that I see and still fulfill the American Osteopathic Associations requirement for continuing education?
Also, please inform if the AOBFP has waivers that allow doctors to be exempt from the OCC process and still keep their certifications without expiration, such as financial hardship, or other hardships, and if so please inform of the application process, if not please inform why not?
Doctors have worked very hard to earn our certifications yet the individuals involved with promoting and pushing this agenda does not care about doctors; it sure appears as if they want to take it from us if we fail to continually pay and jump through the unproven, non-scientific agenda of a select few that have much to benefit from this process.
I am a daughter of a late World War II Veteran, and I can say with certainty that this current America isn’t what my father fought for; no Veteran fought for socialism, and I refuse to go along with it.
I thank you for your understanding of my concerns and I trust that you will pass them onto those that are involved with enforcing these changes upon us doctors.
I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Dr. Gina Reghetti, D.O.
Cc: AOA, ACOFP