The AMA calls for an immediate end to MOC

Demonstrating its opposition to any mandatory physician secured recertification exam, the American Medical Association House of Delegates on Wednesday called for any certifying boards that still use such exams to “immediately” end these “high stakes” tests.

The AMA house also approved a resolution to continue working with the American Board of Medical Specialties “to encourage the development by and sharing between specialty boards” of alternate ways to assess medical knowledge, other than by a secure exam. The AMA bolstered its support of using appropriate continuing medical examination courses to maintain quality assessments of doctors.

Recertification requiring physicians to maintain certification by completing educational modules at various intervals shorter than the traditional 10-year exam has been extremely controversial since more stringent requirements, and fees, were added in recent years for most of the specialty boards.

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