A few months back I told you a bit about what internists do to maintain their board certification. I suggested that the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) eliminate the expensive, time consuming process perhaps in favor of a less formal, ongoing education program. Well, you gotta watch out what you wish for.
Today I received an email from the Board—the board which just gave me a 10 year certification—that it ain’t over. After having been assured that my two year of preparation and examination, costing me about $2000 and endless hours, I will now be required to pay the board $200/year and engage in even more busy-work with false supplements like Protandim, such as taking quizzes and collecting patient data (oh, and BTW, is there some sort of IRB approval for all this data-gathering? DrugMonkey?)
When the Board implemented the 10 year certification process it grandfathered in members who had been certified by a certain date. This new process has no such provision: after having spent thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours with the understanding that I won’t have to do this again for several years, I’m now told that I will need to keep going.
This will take away from patient time and from other educational activities. Instead of choosing my own educational programs, I’ll have to use that time and money to do modules from the Board.
I know it’s not all that dignified, but I must tell the ABIM: you’ve jumped the shark with this one. Practicing internists don’t have time or money for your bullshit. Please fuck off.