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Physicians examine pros and cons of maintenance of licensure, certification
Two ways of viewing maintenance of licensure (MOL) and maintenance of certification (MOC)—namely, an opportunity for improving quality or a physician burden—intersected during a panel discussion at the AMA Interim Meeting in November.
As evolving programs, MOL and MOC have both earned support and caused considerable concern among the physician community.
"MOL should not compromise patient care or put up barriers to practice," said Humayun "Hank" Chaudhry, DO, president and CEO of the Federation of State Medical Board, which is working to create a consistent framework for the process across all 70 state medical boards. "We realize that physicians work hard for their licenses, and our goal is to encourage them to maintain them as best they can."
MOC, meanwhile, was adopted by all medical specialty boards in 2006. Lois Nora, MD, president and CEO of the American Board of Medical Specialties, said that the goal of maintaining certification is to ensure continuous learning and assessment.
"The changes that occur in medicine are what makes this so important," Dr. Nora said.
Physician attendees of the session also highlighted concerns about MOL and MOC, including the significant time commitment and expense associated with the requirements.
Steven J. Stack, MD, past chair of the AMA Board of Trustees, who moderated the session, said the AMA is very actively engaged in the issue and continues to provide input on the MOL and MOC processes as they develop. "It's an ongoing conversation," Dr. Stack said.
The AMA Council on Medical Education is also drafting a report on MOC and MOL for the 2014 AMA Annual Meeting.
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