Wake up ABOG, you are tearing the House of Medicine apart to protect MOC

Guest Post from Howard C. Mandel, MD

On February 10, 2012 Medical Economics published my letter: Why don’t lawyers have to be recertified?

As an obstetrician/gynecologist who finished my residency in 1985, I earned a 10-year certificate when taking my boards. If I had graduated in 1984, I would have been certified for life. The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG) requires a two-part exam. The first part is written, and the second is a 3-hour oral examination, part of which is based on the entire list of all the physician’s hospitalized patients plus representative outpatient visits. I passed and was recertified 10 years later. In 2001, my specialty board modified the certificate to be valid for 6 years. Continue reading

Hypocrisy in organized medicine

While many physicians donate their services seeing patients, volunteering at Free and community clinics, freely working on hospital and other not-for-profit committees, there is a tendency for retired academic physicians who have always had a hard time relating to those of us in the trenches to get big salaries from the American Boards and other organized medical societies.  Are you interested in how to find out what your specialty pays its leaders?

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ABOG Attacks First Amendment

FYI from Howard Mandel, M.D.:
So I send ABOG a letter requesting that they delay their MOC until after the ABMS AAPS litigation is settled. They respond by saying that ” an ad hoc committee of ABOG has reviewed your email and the request to delay…” and denied the request. They also reminded me of the ramifications of me not completing the process per their time line.
Now they are trying to limit my first amendment rights to talk about by refusing me permission to say what they wrote me.   See below email chain. Is this not the definition of hubris?

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