Were You Harmed by Not Doing the MOC?

This may sound like a commercial you hear on TV but it is important for us doctors. Were you a family doc who has been harmed by the MOC? In other words, you let it lapse or didn’t want to pay anymore but then lost privileges at a hospital or an insurance company would not pay you anymore because the ABFM removed your name from being certified? Well, the lawsuits are finally rolling along. We have supported the GoFundMe campaign here at Authentic Medicine and it is happening.

If the MOC sham affected you then go to the ABIMLawsuit.com website to give the law firm your name/story/contact info as to how your were harmed. Wes Fisher MD tells me that “This legal team is sharp as hell and would like to confront ABMS from many different angles like a suit against ABFM, too. (Working on similar tactic with Peds)”.

Kill the MOC!

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] 

  7 comments for “Were You Harmed by Not Doing the MOC?

  1. January 28, 2019 at 12:14 pm

    Thanks, Doug. ABFM is one of the wealthiest ABMS member boards, in large part because there are so many family medicine docs in the US who are continously forced to pay ABFM to keep the “continuous” certification scam going. It just takes a few brave souls harmed by MOC to break the monopoly.

  2. Pat
    January 27, 2019 at 4:08 pm

    I too was harmed by doing the MOC. I actually studied for it, which was a waste of time, and I had the mental wear over passing the damn thing for the third time in 20 years. After a literal pat down and wand search every time I went to the restroom, I was shaking in rage when I left the test center, feeling humiliated and powerless. The only solace I had was to take my review books and use them to inaugurate a new 12-gauge.
    The MOC demonstrated to me (again) how one has to surrender their self-respect to persevere in medicine. All I learned during this hateful process was that I will never prepare for another revert exam (if I ever have to do another). Our turncoat colleagues who sold us all out to this extortion are vermin who deserve bad ends.

    • Sir Lance-a-lot
      January 27, 2019 at 5:15 pm

      Ha ha.
      My Organic Chemistry textbook encountered six .44 Mag hollowpoints courtesy of my S&W Model 29.

      Still have it somewhere. In a Zip-Lock.

    • Jennifer Hollywood
      January 28, 2019 at 8:47 am

      I too experienced the same treatment at my testing facility. I had to beg to be permitted to simply bring in some chap-stick into the room in addition to reading glasses. The room was so noisy with other high school test takers typing on loud keyboards that I had to wear the headphones in the room to just keep it quiet enough to take the test. I felt like a criminal while taking the test just like Pat. Everything of mine was locked in a locker and I had to basically turn out my pockets and show that I wasn’t cheating by bringing contraband into the room. It was degrading.

      • PW
        January 28, 2019 at 11:08 am

        Rather ironic that we as physicians are trusted with people’s lives, but not to take a frigging test without cheating.

  3. Debbie S
    January 27, 2019 at 12:01 pm

    I took the test in 2017 for the 4th time, and passed. But I am now no longer ABFM certified because I didn’t pay them cash last year. I’m self employed– no one but me to pay them! And it wasn’t in the budget.

  4. Sir Lance-a-lot
    January 27, 2019 at 9:59 am

    No harm to me, other than a lingering pain in my testicles, but then I’ve maintained this BS because I WOULD have been fired if I hadn’t.

    My protest was to do NOTHING for MOC other than the bare requirements, which is to say no studying or preparation of any kind, and I spent my employer’s money on the fees. Barely passed the test this last time (that OB was a killer, and, oh yeah, I don’t do OB at all in my practice), but I did, which gave me another ten years (if I live that long).

    Maybe if we all work together, there won’t be a next recert.

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