What Do You Really Think About MOC?
By Steve Levine

Hampel300x200Update April 24: 

The deadline to participate in a survey on Maintenance of Certification (MOC) has been extended from April 30 to May 11.

Original story: 

As Texas Medicine Today reported recently, leaders of the boards that run the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) programs have created a commission – the “Vision Initiative” – to develop “a set of recommendations about the future of continuing board certification.”

And the Vision Initiative says it wants to hear from you. And you have until April 30 to share your deepest thoughts. 

As we pointed out, the commission is stacked with people with close ties to the certifying boards and physicians who work in academic settings. Perhaps naively, I am hoping that practicing community physicians can right that imbalance by flooding the commission with real-world comments about how MOC is an expensive, time-consuming process that has little applicability to your day-to-day practice.

Here’s your chance. The commission has opened a survey on its website, inviting you to “help envision the future of continuing certification.” Among the open-ended questions:

  • What would you like the commission to consider in the coming months as it reviews specialty boards’ maintenance of certification programs?
  • Do you have ideas about the future of continuing certification? If so, what are they?
  • Do you have any other thoughts on board certification?

In a slanted bit of survey design, the commission also included this question before the broader ones: “Do you believe there is a difference in the quality of care provided by Board Certified physicians and non-Board Certified physicians?”

Finally, as several MOC-reform advocates have pointed out on Twitter, this isn’t an anonymous survey. The last question (answer required) is this: “The Commission may have follow-up questions. What is the best email address to reach you?”

The Vision Initiative announced last week survey will remain open until April 30. 

So let loose. Now. How would you “envision the future of continuing certification”? They asked. It’s the least you can do to answer.

The plan is for the commission to release a draft report in November and submit its final recommendations to the American Board of Medical Specialties in February 2019.

 Revised March 26, 2018

Last Updated On

April 24, 2018

Related Content


Steve Levine

VP, Communication

(512) 370-1380
Steve Levine

A former statehouse reporter, political press secretary, and state agency spokesman, Steve Levine has directed the Communication Division at TMA since 1997. He oversees Texas Medicine, Texas Medicine Today, TMA's media and public relations activities, and the TMA Knowledge Center, website, and social media activities.

More stories by Steve Levine