The American Medical Association (AMA) met in June in Chicago at the AMA House of Delegates Meeting to discuss a number of resolutions affecting physicians, and certainly one of the most interesting was Resolution 309: Continuing Medical Education Pathway for Recertification. The resolution, which passed, directs the AMA to “call for the immediate end of any mandatory, recertifying examination by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) or other certifying organizations as part of the recertification process” as part of its maintenance of certification (MOC) process.
What this resolution will mean for physicians and other medical associations is yet to be seen, however. ACEP leadership recently spoke with Barry N. Heller, MD, immediate past president of the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM), to get a clearer view. An edited transcript of our conversation follows.