My Comments on Affirming Lifelong Learning and Opposing MOC in Iowa

The Practical C-L Psychiatrist

cropped-dr-jim-amos-md.jpgThe Iowa Medical Society (IMS) new Policy Forum will meet on September 25, 2014 to discuss a half-dozen pivotal issues including my Policy Request Statement (PRS) 14-02: Support of Lifelong Learning and Opposition to Mandatory Maintenance of Certification (MOC). Below are my comments on the IMS LinkedIn site. I’ve already submitted written comments required by rule, and they’re very similar.

What makes this issue very important to me was brought home by an article on MOC in the most recent issue of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine Newsletter. I’m a member of the APM and justly proud of how this growing organization (now over a 1,000 members strong) has met the challenge of helping its members meet the demanding MOC requirements.

The author of the article “Changes in the Recertification Process,” Bob Boland, MD, FAPM, notes the recent flexibility in the MOC process according to the American Board of…

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