The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) issued an unprecedented apology letter to its diplomats, penned by Richard Baron, MD, President and CEO. “We got it wrong and sincerely apologize,” the letter states. Dr. Baron further reported that ABIM launched its Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program before it was ready for prime time.This release from ABIM has likely sensitized critics of MOC to the possibility that, perhaps, other member specialty boards—such as the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM)—have also “gotten it wrong.”
Will ABEM be releasing an apology? That’s unlikely as it seems the similarities between ABIM and ABEM’s MOC programs stop with the use of the term MOC.
In order to clarify ABEM’s position on MOC and to address the potential concerns of ABEM diplomates, ACEP Now’s Medical Editor-in-Chief, Kevin Klauer, DO, EJD, FACEP, posed these questions to the ABEM leadership. Below, Francis L. Counselman, MD, President of ABEM, responds.