Dr. Wes Exposes the ABFM As Well


Thank god for Dr. Wes Fisher.  He is the man.  Please read his blog post about the ABFM and the scam they run. He has nailed the ABIM and now turns his attention to the family medicine homologue. Here is a taste:

For instance, while the public only has access to the ABFM’s tax forms to disclose the financial dealings of the organization, we quickly see that MOC continues to be a windfall for the ABFM. In fact, in 2014 MC-FM fees (the ABFM’s MOC program equivalent) contributed 46.4% ($12,776,905) of their $27,525,430 annual haul from ABFM diplomates. These fees helped support Dr. Puffer’s $803,687 annual compensation and the organizations’ $3,521,629 “donations” made to their “ABFM Foundation” and “Pisacano Leadership Foundation.” (In 2012 and 2013 these “donations” were even larger: $6,147,376 and $7,878,535 respectively). MOC also helped fund the ABFM Executive’s first class and companion air travel and their Directors’ first class air travel and a $1,449,525 retirement package with $435,000 in post-retirement medical benefits. No wonder MOC is such a great deal and needs to continue!

Please read it all.  It is amazing.  And STOP paying for the MOC!  Put them out of business.

And Wes, can you please detail how the AAFP is benefiting off of the ABFM and the MOC so people can pressure them to stop?

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 “Dr. Wes Exposes the ABFM As Well

  1. kurt
    November 2, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    I am for life certification with 50 hours a year of CME that I chose to help me in my particular practice of medicine I DO. NOT a damn thing is going to change in this country until people are held accountable for their shitty health behaviors! Primary care is NOT rocket science.
    MOC is a money making endeavor that enriches the bureaucracy of the ABFM and the mofo’s
    that run it! These boards long ceased to be academic service organizations and simply generate funds for their existence and pay the bastard MD’s who run them more than the members who actually work in the field taking care of people. May God Damn the lot of them to hades.

    • Anthony
      November 5, 2016 at 9:17 pm

      I could not have said it any better. teh ABFM is just a shakedown for every family physician too afraid to fight back. I agree lifetime certification is what we should have.

  2. Sir Lance-a-Lot
    November 2, 2016 at 10:28 am

    Is it wrong to feel homicidal toward these dicks who fuck up my life so they can scam my money?

    We need a revolution. The real kind. Where we roust them from their office building, line them up outside on the grass, and shoot them one by one. Right after the insurance company executives and the hospital administrators.

    I’m under no illusions about Donald Trump’s competence or sanity, but I’d sure like to see him or someone else screw things up just enough to push things over the edge, so we could have a little “readjustment” of our democracy back to its original values, and purge a few layers of these parasites.

    • Pat
      November 2, 2016 at 12:50 pm

      That’s how I see it as well. When I list the things I hate about medicine, the ABFM/AAFP extortion & self-abuse cabal is near the top. It is beyond infuriating paying for the Director’s retirement plan while trying to scrimp for my own. And what none of these sonsabitchin’assbastards can or will ever admit is that the millions extorted from us do not improve our lives or our abilities at all, and their damned MOC only adds toward the growing resentment a lot of us feel toward everything in this job.

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