Thursday, September 10, 2015

Quick Links: Anti-MOC Backlash, Google, Apple

The Washington Post reports how anti-MOC (Maintenance of Certification) forces are gaining momentum, "Doctors' group will scrap 10-year re-certification exam":
The professional group that represents anesthesiologists will become the first medical board to scrap a widely criticized test that most physicians take every 10 years to demonstrate that they are up to date in their specialties, officials said Wednesday.
(For more background on the MOC controversy, see these earlier Newsweek pieces "The Ugly Civil War in American Medicine" and "A Certified Medical Controversy".)

Time magazine discusses the new Google health initiative in "Here's What 6 Doctors Really Think of Dr. Google". Personally, I think this will a tremendous value for patients and doctors in the long run.

The new Apple iPad Pro could help physicians better communicate important anatomy concepts to patients.  The discussion of medical applications starts at 42:00 in this video.  (Link via Ari Armstrong.)