MAG leaders play key roles at MOC summit

The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) has released a summary of a ‘National Medical Specialty Societies and State Medical Societies Summit on Maintenance of Certification’ that took place on December 4.

The summary was “drafted, edited and approved by Hal Lawrence, M.D. (representing S2C2, national medical societies), Donald J. Palmisano Jr. (representing AAMSE, state medical associations) and Lois Nora, M.D. (representing ABMS, member boards).”

ABMS says the summary “captures the major themes, concerns and issues discussed at the [group’s] first joint meeting…”

The introduction notes that, “In recent years, physicians have grown increasingly concerned with the costs, variation, and relevance of the [MOC] programs established by [ABMS] and [its] member boards. Physicians have increasingly felt threatened by the high-stakes exam, and feel that MOC has incorrectly become a de facto requirement for licensure, credentialing, and reimbursement.”

The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) has been a leading advocate for MOC reform at the state and national levels. MAG Executive Director Donald J. Palmisano Jr. 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 with questions. 

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