Internal medicine / oncology Honolulu, Hawaii It is important that physicians who sit on the medical staff committee of hospitals begin to work towards not requiring recertification. There is no basis for the requirement. It does not mean that the physician is providing quality care. There are mechanisms in the hospital to ensure high quality of care is provided. Anonymous ABIM has become nothing more than a panel of extortionists, holding hard-working physicians hostage while paying themselves exorbitant salaries. The entire MOC/recertification process is nothing more than a moneymaking scam. Their behavior must be stopped. Dr. Adam Lauer
Family medicine Brewer, Maine The way to stop [the American Board of Medical Specialties] and its specialty boards from making MDs re-certify could be as simple as every doctor refusing to re-certify. Thus, the revenue of these boards would dwindle and they would lose much of their lobbying power. If every doctor refused re-certification, would the nation’s hospitals drop every doctor from their staff? No . . . they would have to change their bylaws or close their doors. Anonymous I absolutely agree that the ABIM recertification should be stopped . . . Given all the prep time that has to go into studying for the boards, as well as payment for classes and other products produced by ABIM that are a must if you hope to pass the boards, it forms an intolerable burden on many of these providers who are now in the midst of their professional lives. Dr. Alan Shiener
Internal medicine / cardiology Sherman Oaks, California I am happy to see people revolting, but believe that revolting will ultimately fail. The [American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM)] will bide their time and over the next 5 years will ultimately prevail. Anonymous The AMA used to be one of the most powerful "unions" in America—the failing is not government or insurance but our inability as physicians to unite to confront those who have taken the control of medicine away. Until we can follow our forefathers’ guidance of "out of many, one" or "united we stand, divided we fall," they will continue to pick us off one by one. Edward Volpintesta, MD
Family medicine Bethel, Connecticut I knew that it would only be a matter of time before all specialties were encouraged by the show of outrage against the ABIM. Physicians are overburdened with work and many are either burned out or on the verge. This decomposition of spirit and joy in practice has been going on for at least a decade and it represents a crisis as great as any that doctors have been dealing with. Anonymous I . . . strongly support an end to ABIM recertification. It's absurd that I'm being tested on vent settings and ER labs when I haven't set (foot) in a hospital for 17 years! Anonymous For my re-certification, I had questions about innervation of the face, (I am a dermatologist) that (had) my colleague, a neurosurgeon, searching for the answer in his books—(he) couldn't find the answer. How absurd is that?