Harmed by MOC

Letters, Emails, and Articles from doctors who have been harmed by MOC

Email From Nicholson, Laura 2018 

I recently gave in and took the recert exam a year late, and wrote the question below after weeks of prep and then post-test PTSD. I thought I must have early dementia during the exam, but my younger colleagues only 10 years out are telling me they are feeling equally terrible, having trouble sleeping, etc. Anyway, I was trying to submit it to an ACP commentary or Medscape or some such, maybe as a joke with a cartoon, maybe as a serious letter, and I can’t seem to find the right forum.

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Email from Tice, Douglas 2018

Sir, this is long overdue and I support and applaud you and your team in your efforts! I have a small story to tell you. I have personally been affected by this whole MOC restrictive trade practice. It has affected my life, my family, and my standing in my medical circles.

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Letter from GnanaDev, Dev 2018

I’m more than willing to send you the threats that I have gotten, if it can be of assistance to you, NBPAS or practicing physicians.

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Email from Graham Dickerson, John 2018

I have been in practice for 17 years and provide quality care to all patients. I have been tested through medical school residency and even recertified several times with the American Board of family medicine. I did so not because it improved quality of care but because I felt forced to by insurance companies and organizations who put an undeserved status of recognition for these organizations that extort money and time from physicians.

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Email From Anonymous 2018

A bit about me. I sat IM and Peds in 2008 – passed both, so am up for both recerts 2018. Meanwhile in 2010, I completed a year long Fellowship and passed Hospice & Palliative Care Boards.

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Article By Edison, Meg 2017

Today one of my favorite families came for a visit. The kids were behind on their check-ups, but this wasn’t too surprising. Their young mom was recently diagnosed with stage 3 cancer and was working her way through surgeries and chemo. The length of time since our last visit made me worry that mom’s health kept the kids from their routine visits, but upon entering the room she looked well. We chatted for a bit and caught up on her health before moving to talk about the kids.

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Email From Landers, Catherine 2017

I accumulated so many hours of mksap study to recertify my abim status and passed. In order to maintain my status I needed to complete an MOC activity and connected to a link provided by the abim.

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Email From Remenchik, Ellen 2017

I am an almost 64 yr old physician, previously board certified by ABIM and ABPM – but at my age I don’t want to take another 8 hour test.

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Email From Grafton, Kim 2017

I will be forced into early retirement if I don’t take the boards and participate in MOC this year. No budging on this topic in my town (Santa Barbara). Kim

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Article By Edison, Meg 2017

This pediatrician declined to do MOC. See what happened to her.

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