Resolution 17: Tying Licensure to Participation in Specialty Maintenance of Certification Processes

Introduced by:   Sandra M. Brown MD – Delegate, Cabarrus County Medical Society

Referred to:        Reference Committee No. 1 – Timothy M. Beittel, MD, Chair

WHEREAS, specialty medical boards have developed Maintenance of Certification (MOC) processes; and

WHEREAS, the effectiveness of these MOC processes in assuring that board certified physicians are practicing modern, evidence-based medicine is unproven; and

WHEREAS, the MOC processes are costly and time intensive, creating a significant professional burden on practicing physicians; and

WHEREAS, non-board certified physicians and holders of lifetime board certificates are not currently required to undergo MOC; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That the North Carolina Medical Society opposes linking state medical license issuance or renewal to the Maintenance of Certification processes of the specialty medical boards.  (policy)

Fiscal Note:  No additional funding above current resources estimated.  Current resources will be allocated based on the priorities of the Society and the NCMS budget.

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  • We strongly support this resolution. While we encourage physicians to maintain their board certification, we do not believe this should be tied to licensure. We would recommend a title change to reflect the intent of the resolution opposing tying licensure to maintenance of certification. These comments are on behalf of the delegation representing the N.C. Academy of Family Physicians — Dr. Brian Forrest, Dr. Shannon Dowler and Dr. Tom White.

  • Joseph Inglefield

    MOC is a tremendous burden on physicians! and there is no data that show it improves any parameter. We are required to have continuing medical education by our board. I guess this is not adequate, despite the regulatory hoops that organizations must pass through to offer CME. This is not what we need when the looming shortage of doctors is going to have people begging for doctors to care for them Sure PA and APNs will help but we need physicians, especially experienced ones who have kept up with there areas of expertise for many years. I know of physicians who plan to retire, rather than continue with these nagging additional burdens.