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The American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program includes requirements which add significant time and expense to board recertification. This complex system now requires that physicians complete a closed-book recertification examination every 10 years.
The undersigned believe:
1) The ABP MOC closed-book recertification examination provides an inadequate assessment of the practicing physician’s knowledge. It does not assess the physician’s abilities to access and synthesize knowledge via literature consultation, and does not assess critical thinking skills.
2) There is no substantial evidence that a time-limited closed-book examination is an accurate way to identify a qualified versus an unqualified physician.
3) There is no substantial evidence that the requirement of a closed-book examination improves patient outcomes or improves physician performance.
4) Via either personal experience with MOC or the experience of our colleagues, we believe a closed-book recertification exam has questionable value and impedes the learning process by detracting from more worthwhile educational activities, such as Continuing Medical Education (CME).
5) We call on the ABP to modify the MOC requirements, eliminating the closed-book recertification examination, and institute a simple pathway consisting of required attendance at a periodic intense board recertification review course, or well-designed learning modules targeting specific areas of basic knowledge as well as current advances in knowledge.
Supported by the Florida Society of Neonatologists and other neonatologists throughout the United States seeking changes to the recertification process.
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