Learn Their Stories
Anesthesiologist Dr. Jonathan Anson translates simulation learning into quick action to help revive a patient in cardiac arrest.
Striving to learn more and do better, radiologist Dr. Eric Brandser says MOC encourages him to collect quality improvement data from his busy partnership practice and use it to make adjustments in patient treatments and office processes.
Participating in MOC leads internist and geriatrician Dr. Marie Brown to increase immunization rates and improve care processes for diabetic patients, resulting in healthier patients. On a national level, she becomes an advocate for adult immunization and lectures about practice transformation.
“Participation in [MOC] is a wise decision in anticipation of future expectations,” explains physiatrist Dr. Gary Clark whose participation in MOC helps him serve as a role model for his faculty.
Participating in MOC activities helps nuclear medicine specialist Dr. Janet Eary to focus on improving her knowledge of diagnosis and therapy procedures.
ABMS Visiting Scholar Dr. Iahn Gonsenhauser talks about how the Portfolio Program aids in figuring out how to provide patients the best care, and "when we forget that, then we lose site of the true value of MOC and the Portfolio Program."
Documentation of her continuing education activities helps radiologist Dr. Rebecca Howell choose refresher courses and activities that focus on new technologies.
The self-evaluation and practice performance activities of MOC guide internist Dr. Kim Isaacs to identify practice weaknesses and create efficiencies in the way information is provided to patients.
Dr. Joan Ko, an ABMS Visiting Scholar, furthers health policy research regarding practice patterns among urologists and the correlation of these practices to Medicare utilization and reimbursement.
A national plastic surgery database helps plastic surgeon Dr. Donald Lalonde compare his cases to those performed by his peers to improve patient comfort and recovery time after carpal tunnel surgery.
ABMS Visiting Scholar Dr. Michelle Lin’s QI efforts aim to improve the quality and cost of care for patients who frequently visit the emergency department.
Plastic surgeon Dr. Donald Mackay brings smiles to pediatric patients because of a new surgical approach he learned through research to complete an MOC activity.
Continuing medical education activities involving clinical research help radiation oncologist Dr. Anita Mahajan optimize patient care in her practice.
The self-evaluation and practice improvement activities of MOC led internist Dr. Marcos Montagnini into adding a fall assessment protocol and specific prescriptive therapies for patients in his practice.
Emergency medicine physician Dr. Kent Shoji employs lessons from MOC quality improvement activities to improve emergency department processes.
Know Their Views
Dr. Keith Brandt from Washington University School of Medicine talks about how MOC benefits the public, physicians, and himself.
For physiatrist Dr. Christopher Garrison, participation in MOC is an important mechanism to improve local processes of care that benefit patients, save money, and reduce waste.
Dr. Thomas Horn from Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School talks about the trust that society places on physicians and the great responsibility connected with that trust.
Physiatrist Dr. Jeffery Johns says that everyone should get on board with MOC, “until processes are at least questioned and analyzed, the room for improvement might never become apparent.”
With MOC, physiatrist Dr. James McDeavitt says that “fostering the habits of lifelong learning is a critical success factor for physicians” and believes it is necessary for all physicians to “actively keep up, or be left behind.”
Neurological surgeon Dr. David McKalip says that maintaining a standard of care is a foundational responsibility of the profession to preserve patient trust. “With MOC we have the tools to stand strong.”
Family medicine practitioner, Dr. Jamie Reedy supports MOC as a way for physicians to be accountable for the health care they are providing and staying on top of new developments related to commonly seen diagnoses in practice.
Physiatrist Dr. James Sliwa sees MOC as the profession’s way to ensure that the level of knowledge needed for practice is a current as when physicians were first certified.
Family medicine physician Dr. Mari Jo Welker believes that devoting attention to weak areas and seeing improvement through MOC activities provides the objective evidence that physicians are doing the right things for their patients according to the guidelines and standards of care set by the profession.
In Their Words
“Board Certification is of utmost importance to me. Since we are one of two Boards that certify both MDs and PhDs, and also certify in clinical genetics and several clinical laboratory primary specialties, certification tells the public and our colleagues throughout medicine that standards of training and continued mastery of the specialty are being met. In fact, one could argue that as genetics becomes a part of every health care encounter, it is particularly important that our patients and colleagues can count on the special expertise and clinical acumen reflected by American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics Board Certification. ABMGG should be the vanguard of the importance of MOC because it is hard to imagine a field with a greater need to continually modify knowledge and skills. In addition, the ethics of care involving medical genetics also is changing.”
Miriam Blitzer, PhD
American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics
“Board Certification and MOC is validation of my commitment to provide the highest quality and safest medical care for my patients, and my commitment to continuously improve.”
Daniel J. Cole, MD
American Board of Anesthesiology
“Board Certification is one of the most important ways that physicians exhibit their professionalism and commitment to their patients’ well-being. It offers proof of the dedication that they have to acquire the specific knowledge and technical or clinical bases to provide good care in a medical specialty. In order to be responsive to the health needs of society, physicians continue to demonstrate their professional commitment by strengthening their knowledge and skills through Maintenance of Certification activities.”
Larry C. Gilstrap III, MD
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology
“The value of MOC is based on the concept of a continuously evolving, practice-focused program designed to facilitate lifelong learning and improvement in quality of care rendered by physicians. MOC gives me a structured path to help me assess my areas of strength and weaknesses and it encourages me to take action to correct deficiencies in knowledge or practice.”
Anne-Marie Irani, MD
American Board of Allergy and Immunology
“MOC is a comprehensive and directed demonstration of a physician’s skills, knowledge, and competency, incorporating an additional assessment component that allows physicians to compare their performance to that of their peers. It is a tool that enables physicians to fulfill their professional commitments on an individual basis.”
Gerald H. Jordan, MD, FACS, FAAP (Hon), FRCS (Hon)
American Board of Urology
“MOC is valuable as it demonstrates that a physician is knowledgeable regarding the best practice of medicine in his or her specialty and is successfully applying that knowledge to patient care and related decision-making. MOC encompasses all aspects of high quality medical care, which includes not only practicing state-of-the-art medicine, but also approaching the activities of patient care with a high level of professionalism and appropriate communication skills. MOC makes patient safety and ‘doing no harm’ a high priority.”
Denece O. Kesler, MD, MPH
American Board of Preventive Medicine
"After a twenty-seven year career, I no longer actively practice medicine, yet deeply value my certification in pediatrics and the ability to engage in MOC. It allows me to remain abreast of developing new knowledge and learn principles of patient safety and quality improvement, which were not a part of my training many years ago. More importantly, it allows me to demonstrate, in a tangible way, my personal commitment to the process we have put in place for all diplomates of American Board of Pediatrics."
Gail A. McGuinness, MD
American Board of Pediatrics
“The value of MOC flows from its goal, which is to help ensure that every diplomate is not only providing the highest quality medical care to his or her patients, but is constantly improving. This includes incorporating the latest advances in knowledge within the realm of medicine in which he or she practices into actual patient care; striving to provide each patient with an optimal care experience by educating the patient about his or her disease and each step of the treatment process, answering questions, developing and maintaining lines of communication, and behaving in a manner that is courteous, respectful, ethical, and socially appropriate; and depending on the physician’s setting, working well with other physicians and health care providers as part of a team providing integrated patient care.”
Stanley J. Miller, MD
American Board of Dermatology
“ABMS Board Certification means that patients entering the emergency department can be confident that they will receive compassionate care from competent physicians who have been trained in excellent specialty residency programs, passed meaningful specialty-specific examinations, and participate in ongoing professional assessment and improvement.”
John C. Moorhead, MD, MS, FACEP
American Board of Emergency Medicine
"Board Certification is critical to me to assure my patients that I have met the standards for practice in my profession. It is my commitment to the public that I will pursue a path of lifelong learning and continuous practice improvement."
Valerie M. Parisi, MD
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology
“MOC is a logical extension of primary Board Certification; it incorporates lifelong learning and practice-based improvement of care, both of which are integral for proper practice into a formal recognized system demonstrating professional commitment.”
David J. Schoetz Jr., MD
American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery
“When a new drug comes along, a new disease is identified, a new procedure is developed, a new device is marketed, we have to learn about them and bring our knowledge and skills to care for our patients. This is what Maintenance of Certification is about. It’s the most relevant way for me to demonstrate that I am focused on improvement.”
Stephen I. Wasserman, MD
American Board of Allergy and Immunology
“MOC has become the heart of the quality and ongoing professional practice evaluation for all ophthalmologists in my department at Oregon Health and Science University. In many ways, MOC is the 21st century incarnation of the Hippocratic Oath. MOC provides an organized way for us to structure our continuing medical education and monitor the quality of our practices.”
David J. Wilson, MD
American Board of Ophthalmology