A Resolution that physicians’ re-licensure does not require participation in Maintenance of Certification (MOC)
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Whereas, physicians’ re-licensure in Connecticut is based on the completion of fifty hours or continuing medical education every two years plus including six hours of special topics every six years determined by the Board of Health, and
Whereas, physicians are a highly motivated professional group and self-motivated to life-long study and self-assessment of their knowledge, and
Whereas, the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) has instituted a highly controversial maintenance of certification (MOC) program that requires physicians to participate in to maintain board certification status, and
Whereas, MOC has not demonstrated any preponderance of evidence that it helps physicians to take better care of patients, and
Whereas, it is clear to many physicians that the ABMS acting with the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) may ask Connecticut’s Board of Health to consider making MOC a legitimate requirement for re-licensure, therefore, be it
Resolved, that the Connecticut State Medical Society (CSMS)
1) Advise the Board of Health that Connecticut’s current requirements for physicians’ maintenance of licensure (MOL) are sufficient and that the use of MOC is not necessary, and
2) That the CSMS communicate to its members that it definitely does not support the use of MOC as a requirement for MOL.
Edward Volpintesta MD
Bethel, July 18, 2015
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