Catherine M. Rydell, CAE, AAN executive director and CEO, has been selected to serve on the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) Continuing Board Certification: Vision for the Future Initiative Commission. ABMS launched the commission to bring together multiple partners to envision a system of continuing board certification, also known as Maintenance of Certification (MOC), that is meaningful, relevant, and of value, while remaining responsive to the patients, hospitals, and others who expect that physician specialists are maintaining their knowledge and skills to provide quality specialty care.

The commission, consisting of 27 members, will engage the profession, public, and other stakeholders by gathering information, holding hearings, and addressing initial questions. The aim is to have an open, transparent, collaborative, and inclusive process. The commission will present a set of recommendations to the ABMS and its member boards for their consideration and implementation on February 1, 2019.

Rydell has played key roles in discussions between medical societies and the ABMS related to MOC. Most recently, her leadership led to a joint summit of the national medical specialty societies and the state medical societies. For the summit in December 2017, representatives were invited from the American Board of Medical Specialties and specialty boards, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, Federation of State Medical Boards, Council of Medical Specialty Societies, and American Medical Association. At the summit, the certifying boards agreed that they must collaborate with the societies in the development of a meaningful MOC process or risk the loss of professional self-regulation.

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