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J. Matthew Neal, MD, MBA, CPE, FACE, FACP, ACP Governor
I hope everyone is doing well this March and I am hoping that
spring is just around the corner. One concern I hear most from
members is the ongoing dialogue with ABIM about MOC, and I wanted
to update everyone on that. Dr. Steven Weinberger
recently sent out an email to the membership which details ACP's
dedication to improving communication with ABIM, and I wanted to
post Dr. Weinberger's message again here if you happened to miss
Dear ACP Member,
There has been a lot of discussion in the internal medicine
community about the ABIM Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program
since ABIM's recent email on February 3 apologizing about problems
with the program and outlining a series of planned changes and
commitments for improvement. In the email I subsequently sent to
ACP members on February 4, I complimented ABIM's President,
Dr. Richard Baron, for both the tone and content
of his email. I also expressed our satisfaction in knowing that ACP
was the leader in speaking for the broad internal medicine
community to advocate for reform. I reflected upon how our approach
for providing a strong message as well as constructive input to
ABIM was successful.
Since the February 3 announcement, ABIM has reached out to ACP
for assistance in recruiting a sample of physicians in clinical
practice who can provide input about the blueprint that ABIM uses
for selecting topics for questions on the secure examination. The
feedback that ABIM would like to get about each topic concerns
"how frequently is the topic seen in practice" and
"how important is it for a practitioner to know about this
topic." ABIM is working on a very rapid timeline to
incorporate that input into the selection of questions developed
for the examination to be administered in October 2015. The process
for obtaining feedback has already begun, and you will be notified
separately if you're part of the sample that is asked to
participate in the survey and provide input. At the same time, ABIM
is exploring possible changes in the nature and content of the
examination that could not be implemented readily but would require
a longer time-frame for implementation.
As many of you know, there has been a movement by some
physicians to establish a pathway for "certification" that
is independent of either ABIM or the American Board of Medical
Specialties (ABMS, the umbrella organization over all specialty
boards, including ABIM). We have been asked by a number of our
members about "alternative pathways," and I wanted to outline a
series of questions that anyone must consider when assessing
I also wanted to clarify an issue and correct misinformation
that has been raised about the relationship between MOC and the
Medical Licensure Compact proposed by the Federation of State
Medical Boards (FSMB). For those physicians who are not aware of
the Compact, it is a proposal for a voluntary program allowing
board-certified physicians to simplify and expedite obtaining
multiple state medical licenses, rather than needing to go through
a separate credentialing process in each state. The FSMB states the
following quite clearly: "The Compact makes absolutely no
reference to Maintenance of Certification (MOC) or its osteopathic
counterpart, Osteopathic Continuous Certification (OCC). The
Compact does not require a physician to participate in MOC at any
stage, nor does it require or even make mention of the need to
participate in MOC as a licensure renewal requirement in any state.
Board certification is only an eligibility factor at the initial
entry point of participation in the Compact process."
I hope this information is useful to you. I will continue to
provide updates to summarize progress and new developments as they
occur, and as ACP continues its advocacy and efforts to improve the
The Women in Medicine Spring Event will be held on March 7, 2015
at IU Health Saxony Hospital in Fishers from 9-11:30 AM. The
speaker will be Dr. Theresa Rohr-Kirchgraber; her
presentation will be entitled "Eating Disorders: From Binge to
Restriction and Everything in Between."
Cost is $20 for members, $25 for non-members, and free for
medical students and residents/fellows.
Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital is accredited
by the Indiana State Medical Association (ISMA) to sponsor
continuing medical education for physicians. IU Health Ball
Memorial Hospital designates this live activity for a maximum of
2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ each. Physicians should claim
only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation
in the activity.
J. Matthew Neal, MD, MBA, CPE, FACP, FACE, FACPE
Governor, Indiana Chapter
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
6:00 pm EDT
Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital is accredited
by the Indiana State Medical Association to sponsor continuing
medical education credit for medical education credit for
physicians and designates this live webinar for a maximum of 1.0
AMA PRA Category 1 Credit. Physicians should claim only the credit
commensurate with the extent of their participation in this
The 2015 Annual Meeting will be held April 30-May 2 in Boston,
with pre-courses on April 28-29. See the Web page for registration
information, and I hope to see you there. Be sure to make your
hotel reservations in plenty of time. We also will be planning an
evening reception for Indiana Chapter members on Friday, May 1-more
details to follow.
The 2015 Indiana Annual Meeting will tentatively take place on
November 6-7, 2015 at the Renaissance North Hotel in Carmel. We are
currently planning our scientific sessions to provide another great
experience for all. More details to follow when they are
2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the American College of
Physicians. The College is planning a variety of special
Centennial-related events to celebrate the occasion-we invite you
to be a part of the jubilation. Here are
Over the next few months we will be highlighting specific
historical information about the Indiana Chapter, including past
leaders of the Chapter-past Governors and past Presidents of the
American Society of Internal Medicine (ASIM). ACP merged with ASIM
in 1998. On the National ACP
Website you can find a timeline of the first 100 years of ACP
as well as other factoids about the world's largest medical
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