Why Does the ABFM Get Any Publicity?


For those that don’t think that the AAFP and the ABFM are in cahoots, here is the headline on their website:

You’ll Like These Changes to Next Spring’s ABFM Exam

Really?  Are they getting rid of the MOC?  No. Here is the big surprise:

This summer, family physicians learned about a number of changes the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) was making to its Family Medicine Certification process (formerly, Maintenance of Certification for Family Physicians). One such change was the decision to uncouple the clinical simulation portion of the Self-Assessment activities (previously known as Self-Assessment Modules [SAMs]) from the knowledge assessment portion.

The move, which was based on feedback from ABFM diplomates, means that rather than requiring diplomates to complete a SAM that includes both a 60-question knowledge assessment plus a clinical simulation, the Knowledge Self-Assessment will now be the minimum required self-assessment activity.


So, let’s summarize.  They changed the name from MOC to Family Medicine Certification process.  Brilliant. Secondly, they cut back one part of the bogus exam.  Wow!!!

Great job ABFM and their financial partner, AAFP.  You both need to go.

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] 

  5 comments for “Why Does the ABFM Get Any Publicity?

  1. Kurt
    November 30, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    I’ll be 65 in 5 years and will be gone. ABFM = Academic B-st-rds and F—ing Morons.
    There is no proof MOC does anything but line the pockets of the turds that run the ABFM.
    I say test once after residency and 50 hours a year of CME period. Primary care isn’t
    rocket science. Cripes NP’s can do it and build pretty vehement loyalty too.
    Shoot, some people don’t want to have anything to do with “Drs.”
    Most of us are employed and subject to a butt load of “quality” and “record” reviews already.
    I have to sit down every 6 months for this. Despite that it sounds bad, the reviewers are
    quite helpful and I have no issue with it.
    Oh well, NP’s will be able to take over with the stroke of a pen by a politician. I say let ’em be independent. Once they find out about all the BS (and paying their own full malpractice insurance) they’ll be taking their M.S. degrees to the specialty groups. Kurt

  2. arf
    November 30, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    You know, if it were just the ongoing knowledge exams…….you know, asthma, hypertension, women’s health modules……where you would take their tests periodically (AND get CME credit for it), followed by the usual sit-down exam every ten years, and with the thousands of dollars spent, they threw in CME credits for the exams no extra charge…….if it were just that, I would tend to have the opinion that the process was worth it.

    But for some reason, they just can’t leave well enough alone.

  3. hawgguy
    November 27, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    Having just completed the Part IV Cultural Competency MIMM I am overflowing with good vibes about the ABFM. I particularly appreciate the periodic emails:

    “Diplomates who do not complete Stage requirements on schedule will be listed as “not certified” on the ABFM website.”

    Not non-current, or former-certified, or didn’t-jump-through-our-hoops, but “Not Certified” (and of questionable repute).

    I certified intially in 1989 then recertified in 1996, 2003 and 2013. I feel like I am just about done with this craptastic process and do not see myself sitting for the exam in 2023.

    Why are Family Doctors the betas of medicine? The Internists and even the Peds are making more noise about this steaming pile of feces.

    • Perry
      November 28, 2016 at 9:08 am

      I just took the recert exam last week and praying that I passed it, because I intend for this to be the last for me as well.

      • Pat
        November 29, 2016 at 12:22 am

        Took mine this year, and it was an insulting, expensive waste of time. I resent family medicine, and medicine in general more than I ever thought possible. I’ll be 65 when my next 10 year-cert is up, at which point the entire structure will be invited to kiss my ass. I won’t be taking this pointless exam again.

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