I was Board Certified in 1987, early enough to be ‘grandfathered in’, and therefore did not have be recertified or participate in maintenance of certification (MOC). I initially decided that with all the regulatory burdens as well as my other obligations I was too busy to participate. I simply planned to continue to earn my CME from meetings, reading and audio. Upon further reflection, however, I thought that if I participated in the MOC-D and used some different tools to broaden my knowledge base it might benefit me, and more importantly, my patients.
So, with reluctance and trepidation I decided to enter the scary, confusing and daunting world of MOC. It turns out it wasn’t as bad as I anticipated. The MOC table is easy to navigate and with a small amount of planning the components can be achieved with minimal headache, within the allotted time, and with sufficient choices available. The American Board of Dermatology (ABD) website provides easy and direct access to the resources and options necessary to fulfill the components and includes web based or meeting (e.g., AAD meeting) based participation. The program also ties in with PQRS and software offered by the AAD. There have been a couple times when I’ve fallen behind and received an email, with plenty of time to spare, reminding me that a component was due. Looking ahead at the components that I need to complete, my next task is to participate in peer and patient communication surveys. This requirement has encouraged me to think about the many aspects of these relationships as I go through my day. In addition, I think that it is imperative that we as dermatologists are preemptive and participate and plan our own regulations- if we don’t do it will be done for us.