Archive for November, 2011

Alphabet soup: ABAI, ABMS, and MOC vs EBM, VBM, and IRB

In a recent editorial in the Annals, 2 members of the American Board of Allergy and Immunology (ABAI) stated their case for physician participation in maintenance of certification (MOC).1 They wrote, “There are growing expectations by those outside the medical profession for professional ac- countability and transparency. Focusing solely on the physician side of the physician-patient equation in opposing the MOC process risks the perception that these opinions (opposing MOC) are self-serving.”

Physicians function in an evidence-based medicine (EBM) environment. Alleged failure to adequately adhere to evidence -based best practices is a fundamental justification for MOC cited by James and…

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