Maintenance of Certification
MSV has been actively engaging in a two-prong approach to achieve MOC reform. MSV has made MOC reform a priority through the following ways:
- For the last three years, MSV has participated with a coalition of state medical societies to reshape the MOC process targeting the usefulness of the high-stakes exam, direct and indirect costs, and punitive results.
- The Medical Society of Virginia has developed and continues to offer innovative programs for physicians to complete Part IV MOC on their own terms. These have been developed by Virginia physicians and are approved for all specialties, putting physicians back in control of their MOC process.
- Most recently, MSV participated in a national conversation between state medical societies, national medical specialty societies, and the heads of ABMS and national certifying boards. This inaugural meeting was precipitated by the collective concerns formally raised by the coalition of state and national medical societies on the current MOC program. The result has been over 170 innovations being implemented by medical boards including: many moving away from the high stakes exam and towards alternative pathways of assessment, fee reductions, and greater consistency among boards.
- As part of the state medical society coalition, we are continuing the dialog with ABMS to take advantage of their willingness to work with us to address concerns.
The American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) and American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG) have each made their own pilot lifelong learning programs permanent components of MOC.