ABMS Visiting Scholar Researches Urology Practice Patterns
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ABMS Visiting Scholar Researches Urology Practice Patterns

Now that Joan S. Ko, MD, a Urology Resident at the James Buchanan Brady Uro­logical Institute and Department of Urology at Johns Hopkins University, has determined that variability exists in Medicare utilization and payment among urologists, the question is how can physicians use this information to improve their practice.

Margaret E. O'Kane on MOC
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Margaret E. O'Kane on MOC

In a video interview, Margaret E. O'Kane, a Public Member of the ABMS Board of Directors, explains why MOC is critical to the public, saying that it's a "warranty...that this physician is keeping up with the latest medical knowledge."

Dr. Thomas H. Lee on MOC
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Dr. Thomas H. Lee on MOC

In a video interview, Dr. Thomas H. Lee, Jr. from Harvard Medical School discusses the importance of maintenance of certification (MOC) and of physicians' setting goals.

MOC Brings a Smile to Pediatric Patients
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MOC Brings a Smile to Pediatric Patients

Plastic surgeon Donald Mackay, MD, FACS, FAAP, has spent quite a bit of time in foreign countries volunteering for Operation Smile. Working with colleagues from around the globe, he has seen the value in studying alternate techniques. “You might go overseas and think, ‘We have the best way of doing things,’ but there are some incredible surgeons you learn from,” he said.

MOC Participation Improves Patient Care, Leads to Advocacy Efforts and Practice Transformation
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MOC Participation Improves Patient Care, Leads to Advocacy Efforts and Practice Transformation

All Marie T. Brown, MD, FACP, wanted to do was meet her Maintenance of Certification (MOC) requirements. Instead, the Oak Park, Illinois-based internist and geriatrician increased immunization rates for her patients and became a national advocate for adult immunization. Next, she improved care processes for patients with diabetes leading to better hemoglobin and blood pressure control. Moreover, the lessons Dr. Brown learned about practice transformation were so powerful that she now lectures on the topic across the country.

ABMS Call for Systems-based Practice and Interpersonal and Communication Skills MOC Activities
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ABMS Call for Systems-based Practice and Interpersonal and Communication Skills MOC Activities

As part of its commitment to improve the quality of health care through the integration of the American Board of Medical Specialties/Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ABMS/ACGME) Core Competencies into the ABMS Program for Maintenance of Certification (ABMS MOC®), ABMS invites all health care organizations and stakeholders to participate in the second ABMS Call for MOC Activities focused on System-based Practice and Interpersonal and Communication.

Optimizing Outcomes
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Optimizing Outcomes

Our Member Boards' innovative initiatives for integrating Maintenance of Certification activities into everyday practice directly benefit patients and can help physicians multipurpose this work to support other assessment programs.