PRS 14-02 Opposing MOC Adopted by Iowa Medical Society Policy Forum

The Practical C-L Psychiatrist

Well, I just found out the good news from the Deputy Executive Vice President, Administration of the Iowa Medical Society. My Iowa Medical Society Policy (IMS) Request Statement PRS 14-02 opposing MOC was accepted yesterday, September 25, 2014 by the Policy Forum with one amendment which was not material to the main issue and now reads:

The Iowa Medical Society opposes mandatory Maintenance of Certification (MOC) for licensure, hospital privileges, and reimbursement from third party payers. IMS supports continuing medical education and the principle of lifelong learning by physicians.

The Policy Forum actions will be shared with the full IMS membership next week. This policy is very similar in all important respects to the resolution recently passed by the South Carolina Medical Association.

Remember that fire truck floral arrangement from yesterday’s post? I strolled over to the gift shop today. I guess you could call it the Nigella…

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The Maintenance of Certification Fait Accompli Position and Why I Reject It

The Practical C-L Psychiatrist

So we’re just days away from the Iowa Medical Society (IMS) Policy Forum and I can tell you that the majority of Iowa physicians support my Policy Request Statement on opposing Maintenance of Certification. I have to admit I’m a bit nervous about how the discussion will go on September 25, 2014 starting at 12:30 in room 5181 of the Medical Education Research Facility at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. That’s because there’s one important difference so far in the pre-Forum discussion from the IMS House of Delegates resolution I sponsored last April on supporting the principle of lifelong learning and opposing Maintenance of Licensure (MOL).

The difference is that there is some dissent from a few Iowa doctors, who apparently believe that there’s more to lose from not supporting MOC. However, the dissenting opinions also acknowledge the obvious and well-known weaknesses inherent in MOC. I’m fairly confident…

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