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Eating My Words and Changing My Mind: New Thoughts on Board Recertification

May 26, 2015

Well, last month I talked about how I was glad I took the boards.  And I still am.  However, since then, a Newsweek article came out trying to make sense of the American Board of Internal Medicine’s financial history, and it’s not good.

While this does not necessarily reflect on the two association I took my boards with (the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the American Board of Addiction Medicine), the report has definitely made me think twice about the recertification process and the complexities of holding these organizations accountable to the physicians and the public that they serve.

There is a new grassroots organization, called the National Board of Physicians and Surgeons, and it has cropped up as an alternative method of maintaining certification for various specialties in medicine. They are going about this by addressing two major complaints that physicians have about the current board recertification process, which are money and the relevance of the exam itself.

Personally I think that the development of competition in the free market can only be a good thing; and I am very much anticipating the development of this alternative source of recertification. I am also very glad to see physicians taking a stand for themselves, as often times when new changes and new regulations occur, we complain but do not take any action. I am trying to do my part by openly admitting that I made a mistake in writing my last post–while I still believe the initial certification is important and worthwhile, I believe I spoke too broadly in stating that recertification in and of itself is also worthwhile, without examining the current process more closely. I hope others take a stand too, because only together can we effect future change.



Group Everything Is Better

November 6, 2011

Hi everyone! Sorry I’ve been MIA for the past few weeks. I have been busy with work, and also busy with taking care of myself. I started back up in the gym, and yesterday ran a 5K with a friend of mine. Training for even 3.1 miles is hard when you haven’t run in a few months! Luckily I had been working out so it wasn’t too bad.

Tonight I wanted to bring up the topic of relying on groups for motivation to do what you want, partially because that’s what I have been doing recently. There is a reason that AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) and Weight Watchers work for people. There is evidence that group programs such as these are some of the most effective ways to stay sober and lose weight (respectively of course!). Working in groups is useful for a number of reasons, including being held accountable by others, feeling responsibility for others’ progress, and seeing other people’s progress as an inspiration for yourself. It is helpful for people to get advice from those who have been in their shoes, in order to overcome the obstacles that come with any journey of self-change.

Lately I have been trying to work with others (such as running with friends) in order to accomplish some of my own goals. Having someone else doing the same thing as me keeps me motivated to keep up my progress, which is not easy when I am by myself.

I would encourage that anyone out there who wants to improve themselves in any way–whether it is recovery from mental illness, beating an addiction such as smoking, or wanting to get in better shape–to consider trying it out with other people. You might be surprised at how much more you can accomplish!

Happy mental health! Next post will be much more timely than this one!