In a recently released issue of Pediatrics, Dr. David Nichols, the President and CEO of the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP), reviews the rationale for Maintenance of Certification (MOC), and related literature and controversies. The article ( 10.1542/peds.2016-4371) includes a non-systematic review of the impact of MOC on patient care. I think few of us can disagree with the “Social Contract” model that underlies MOC: that is, we as practitioners are responsible to the public and to those we serve to continuously improve our professional care. Dr. Nichols cites the “Medical Professionalism in the New Millennium: A Physician Charter,” published in 2002 and available online, which has been endorsed by over 130 professional organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the ABP. I confess to you that I had not read this document previously, and found it truly inspiring: I agree that it serves as a solid platform for support and promotion of MOC.
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