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    MOC: 84% of urologists dissatisfied with current process


    Is the MOC process necessary?

    MOC earned low marks overall, but more so for the process involved in achieving it than the end result itself. Judging by the fill-in comments of a number of respondents, maintenance of skills and knowledge has value. How that goal is obtained is another story.

    Are you satisfied with the current MOC process? and Anything more than CME needed to stay current?

    More than three-fourths (78%) of urologists said nothing more than approved CME is necessary for urologists to stay current in their medical skills/knowledge. When asked what their primary concern was about MOC, 34% said it does not accurately reflect urologists’ clinical skills/knowledge, 27% cited its administrative/paperwork burden, 24% said the program is unnecessary, and 7% cited cost.

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    “CME is enough; this ridiculous process has not been proven to be of any benefit to anyone but the boards themselves,” wrote one respondent. Another urologist said: “I think the MOC process overall is good. We could just be more EFFICIENT.” “Achieving CMEs by attending meetings and reading is all that is necessary to keep current,” said another.

    Within 5 years of retirement, do you plan to take recertification exam? and Have you considered obtaining certification from an organization other than ABU?

    Despite their complaints, 84% agree or strongly agree that having the ABU administer MOC is preferable to having the federal government administer this or a similar program.

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    Richard R. Kerr
    Kerr is group content director for Urology Times.


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