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MOC does ask too much of us "workhorses".

"MAINTAINING OUR COOL WITH MAINTENANCE OF CERTIFICATION" BY ROBERT L. BARBIERI, MD (EDITORIAL, FEBRUARY) LETTER IN REPLY BY DAVID SHOBIN, MD (JUNE)

I agree with Dr. Shobin that ObGyns are the workhorses of the medical profession, but I disagree with his positive opinion of Maintenance of Certification.

I have been taking the ABC exams for years to retain my board certification. Used to be, that was good enough. In addition, I read multiple journals monthly, view articles from drug company reps, and attend CME meetings and courses.

Now, suddenly, even that isn't sufficient--unless of course, you are old enough to be grandfathered and don't have to do anything to keep your board certification. I find it ironic that those older docs are, in some cases, the ones who should most be required to renew their certificate. (Disclosure: I am 50 years old.)

The new hoops we're supposed to jump through are ridiculous. I predict that many docs will give up their certification as a result of MOC.

Scott Peters, MD

Oak Ridge, Tenn

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Title Annotation:Comment & Controversy
Author:Peters, Scott; Shobin, David
Publication:OBG Management
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Sep 1, 2008
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