ABMS issues statement outlining plans to improve MOC

The president and CEO of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) recently sent an email to Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) Executive Director and CEO Donald J. Palmisano Jr. to encourage him to share a statement that outlines ABMS’ plans for improving maintenance of certification (MOC) programs with MAG members.

In that email, ABMS President and CEO Richard E. Hawkins, M.D., said that, “A key priority for me…[is to] create a certification process that meets the needs of the physicians and patients that we collectively serve…[it is clear that] despite the [MOC] program improvements underway by many member boards, some [physicians] continue to find MOC onerous and of limited value and that [they] are looking for a definitive statement by the member boards of our commitment to transforming the experience of continuing certification.”

Dr. Hawkins added that “as a boards community, we are committed to working closely with [the physician community] to make continuing certification programs more meaningful, relevant, and cost-effective…To this end, we, as a boards community have created [a] statement detailing our intent and commitment to you and your members.” 

ABMS met with a number of state and national medical specialty society leaders during a “summit” that took place in December – including MAG. Palmisano served on one of the summit’s panel discussions, while MAG President Frank McDonald, M.D., M.B.A., also took an active role in the meeting.

Contact Palmisano at dpalmisano@mag.org with questions.

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