• linkedin
  • Increase Font
  • Sharebar

    MOC: 84% of urologists dissatisfied with current process


    A commonly heard sentiment about MOC is that, for many urologists, the testing lacks relevance to current practice. In the survey, 83% of urologists agree or strongly agree that “recertification testing places too much emphasis on aspects of urology that I do not manage.” Similarly, 77% say recertification covers too broad a scope of urology and is unfair to those who subspecialized after residency.

    Read - Update: States limit the role of specialty certification

    Another hotly debated issue is whether certain physicians should be grandfathered from MOC, which is the case for those certified before 1985. Legally, these urologists who have lifetime certificates cannot be required to enter into the MOC process, according to the ABU. Just under half (46%) of survey respondents agree or strongly agree that all urologists should participate in MOC, regardless of whether they were originally certified prior to 1985.

    Urologists state their level of agreement with the following statements.

    When asked to choose a single aspect of certification they find most bothersome, urologists put testing at the top of the list (47%). This was followed by surgical logs (35%) and CME (1.4%). Five percent of respondents indicated that there are no aspects of certification they find bothersome.

    Also see - Urologist to ABU: ‘I relinquish my certificate’ over MOC (Letter)

    Forty percent of urologists say certification or recertification “makes me a better urologist,” but only 22% think MOC is an important way to ensure that physicians are keeping up with clinical skills and knowledge. About 57% think it matters to their patients whether or not they are board certified.

    Next: Actions taken

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


    You must be signed in to leave a comment. Registering is fast and free!

    All comments must follow the ModernMedicine Network community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated. ModernMedicine reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part,in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.

    • No comments available