ABMS RESORTS TO STATE BOARD TAMPERING TO BLOCK ABPS

Posted: May 13, 2010 by Doc in ER Docs, Emergency Medicine
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In April 2010, the Oklahoma State Medical Board approved an amendment to the Oklahoma Administrative code which would have allowed diplomates of the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) to advertise themselves as “board certified” in their medical specialty.  It has come to this site’s attention that Kevin Weiss, CEO of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), ABPS’ chief competitor, contacted Oklahoma State Senator Glenn Coffee and influenced him to block this amendment in the state legislature.  Upon information and belief, and after consultation with counsel, it has become evident that such an action is improper and unlawful, and may constitute first amendment and ethical violations, particularly on the part of the senator. 

Such behavior by the leaders of ABMS is more reminiscent of the actions of corrupt  political bosses, or more recently, CEOs of Exxon and Bear Stearns than the head of a medical specialty certification organization that purports to have the public’s interests at heart. 

This is not the first time that ABPS efforts’ to seek recognition for its diplomates have been blocked via questionable means by organizations who perceive ABPS as a threat.  ABPS certification is recognized in states such as Florida and Texas, and in both states, the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), which is supposed to represent ALL Emergency physicians, and not solely those with Emergency Medicine residency training who comprise barely half of the currently practicing EM physician workforce, have made repeated attempts to influence these state medical boards to withdraw their recognition of ABPS board certification. 

In the face of an impending ER physician shortage, it would seem that ACEP, instead of opposing ABPS, should be welcoming and aiding its initiative to provide experienced and skilled ER physicians to the public. It is the utmost hypocrisy and symptomatic of how out of touch they are from real world realities, for the ACEP leadership to continue to proclaim that Emergency medicine residency training is a “gold standard” for ER physicians when a significant number of both ACEP leaders and members are not EM residency trained.  As one of the many comments made on this topic on the ACEP website noted, the ACEP stand on EM residency training is not a “gold standard”, it’s a double standard.

We will be posting Dr. Weiss’ letter to Senator Coffee in full on this site when it becomes available shortly.  At that time, we invite ABMS, ACEP and ABPS to comment.

LINKS:

ABMS Resorts to State Board Tampering Part 2

from EM NEWS: AAPS Ramping Up Campaign for Recognition

Texas Recognizes ABPS Certification

ACEP Releases Statement on Texas Medical Board Action

News from  AAPS vs. NYDOH

Response to Florida ACEP: No Correlation Between Doctors Who Fail to Meet Standard of Care and Board Certification

Florida ACEP: Only EM Trained Doctors Should be Working in ERs

Disposable Doctors 2: ER Docs Fight Back in NY

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Comments
  1. T. Gardner, MD says:

    I think that ABMS, ACEP, and AAEM are despicable in their ways of misinforming the public. I believe you’re right, if this type of behavior is encouraged in residency training, being board certified by ABEM is nothing more than a double standard, and in no way, a gold standard.

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  3. Tom Wagner says:

    The public needs to know that the ABMS is no different than the Mafia. They proport safety by the “intent” of what certification means.
    There existance is soley made by charging fees for exams and re-exams. How many certificates did they every take away from the docs that are repeatly sued and lost? So just what did that certificate mean? It’s true they are very political. If they were a pure academic institution, politics should not enter and trying to strong arm senators and legislature should be forbidden. Shame on ABMS and it’s members.

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