Sunday’s Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Update session will offer not only the latest from ABIM, but also user-friendly guidance to what MOC points are available for the variety of AASLD learning opportunities.
“There’s a lot that we don’t know as physicians because we’re so busy. This gives you everything concisely in an hour and a half that you need to know so that the process is made as painless as possible,” said Vandana Khungar, MD, MSc, Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, who is co-chairing the program with Ryan M. Taylor, MD, Associate Professor, University of Kansas Medical School.
Helen Te, MD, FAASLD, FAST, AGAF, will provide an introductory talk that aims to dispel the myths around MOC.
“The title of her talk is ‘Insane but True Things about the MOC.’ I think MOC confuses a lot of physicians, myself included before I became involved in it. So she’s going to go through what’s true and what’s not,” said Dr. Khungar.
She noted that AASLD has a commitment to helping its members get their MOC points, and part of the update this year includes a live demonstration of how to get your points. Heather Patton, MD, will provide that demo and an overview of the products offered by AASLD through LiverLearning and The Liver Meeting®.
“She will give us an update on the four GI societies and how they’re collaborating on a possible alternate pathway with the ABIM,” said Dr. Khungar. “The other thing that’s attractive in her talk for pediatricians is she talks about the ABIM pathway and the ABP, which is for the pediatric board members, and how they can each get their points, because it’s slightly different for pediatricians than it is for adult medicine.”
The final speaker is Nancy Reau, MD, FAASLD, who will share information from the ABIM regarding policy updates, updates on governance and details about the “Knowledge Check In” option that will be available for tranplant hepatology in 2020.
“I think a lot of physicians, not just in our specialty, in all specialties, wonder why do we have to do this when we do so much academic activity and we learn so much on a daily basis,” said Dr. Khungar. “But studies show how our skills decline over time. Dr. Reau will also show how medical knowledge advances over time and we need to keep up with it. Our patients, hospitals, health systems and insurers expect us to keep up.”
Dr. Khungar also noted that a representative from ABIM would also be available at the session if people have specific questions they need answered.