One Board Supposedly Cracks

The American Board of Anesthesiology will become the “first medical board to scrap a widely criticized test that most physicians take every 10 years to demonstrate that they are up to date in their specialties”.  Finally.  How will they make their money, though?  I mean, these organizations have posh lifestyles and pay their people exceptionally well (you can see more on that from the ABIM).  Well, instead they will “offer its 50,000 “board-certified” members the opportunity to show their mastery — and brush up if they fall short — through weekly online quizzes that they can take at will, coupled with educational material.”  What is the cost of that? The 10-year cost will be the same as taking the test — $2,100. That is $210 a year.  With 50,000 members that is $10,500,000 a year!  Not too shabby.  There is at least double this in family medicine.  There is at least double this in internal medicine.  That is $20 million coming in a year!  Why do they need this much money?  I would rather donate it to a charity than fill their coffers some more.  Don’t be fooled by this ingenious capitulation.

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  2 comments for “One Board Supposedly Cracks

  1. Perry
    December 27, 2015 at 10:28 am

    Then there’s this from Medscape:
    Wonder if ABFP will do the same?

  2. Steve O'
    December 27, 2015 at 10:18 am

    Huzzah for the gas-passers! At least their parasites are courteous enough to bury their scolexes into mucus membranes, upon invitation only. If it is voluntary, there must be some force that will make them offer something of tangible value for their $210 per year. It’s a shame, but the Anaesthesiologists must be envied – their parasite burden will decrease somewhat.
    Perhaps they have stated that the Emperor is Naked – that the human physiology of the anesthetized human has not changed from year to year. What is changing, though is the personnel who pass the gas – the battle over nurse anesthetists has shaken out, now it will be others supervised by the nurse anesthetist on-site, and one on-call anaesthesiologist at home. Perhaps they’re more scared of that.

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