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Mandating MOC to practice medicine is an appalling overstep of nonexistent authority Print E-mail
Written by Carlos J. Cardenas, MD | KevinMD   
Monday, 15 May 2017 00:00

Maintenance of certification (MOC) for something as significant as the practice of medicine seems like a harmless enough idea. But for physicians across the country who dedicate thousands of hours to study, earn licensure, achieve board certification, and practice medicine, MOC is not only unnecessary but also a resource-consuming mandate that does nothing to improve patient outcomes and quality of care.
 
According to the American Board of Medical Specialty's (ABMS) own website: "Board certification is a voluntary process, and one that is very different from medical licensure ... Board certification demonstrates a physician's exceptional expertise in a particular specialty and/or subspecialty of medical practice." In other words, physicians who pursue board certification self-identify as professionals committed to ongoing learning and subject-matter mastery. The vast majority of Texas physicians willingly pursue and obtain their initial certification for just that reason.

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