MSV policy opposes any efforts to use maintenance of certification as a requirement for physician licensure, employment, credentialing, or insurance participation.

MSV has been actively engaging to reform MOC reform. MSV has made MOC reform a priority through the following ways:

  • Led the creation of 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.
  • Developed and continues to offer innovative programs, such as Critical Thinking for Quality Improvement in Clinical Care, 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.
  • MSV was one of the only state medical societies that testified in a national meeting 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.
  • Engage the Virginia Delegation to the American Medical Association on MOC reform.

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.