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Dr. Wes (IM/Cardiology)

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Westby G.  Fisher, MD, FACC

Musings in the life of an internist, cardiologist and cardiac electrophysiologist.

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US Physician ABMS Board Certification: From Voluntary to Mandatory
The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) is very careful to claim their version of "Board certification" is a "voluntary process," otherwise, this Chicago-based non-profit 501(c)(6) organization might be accused of anti-trust behavior. "ABMS...
Dr. Wes (IM/Cardiology)
Wednesday, July 18, 2018


A Critical Review of the ABIM Knowledge Check-In Program
This video is a first attempt at something new. I look forward to your thoughts. (Yes, as always, the comments are open). As a professional physician who has devoted his whole life to helping others, the introduction of the American Board of Int...
Dr. Wes (IM/Cardiology)
Friday, June 29, 2018


Rent-Seeking: ABIM Shows Us How It's Done
The new ABIM fee schedule was published online for 2018, and physicians should pay attention. Like the classic shell game played by a New York street hustler, there are lots of hand motions and movements in the new cartoon video produced by the ABIM ...
Dr. Wes (IM/Cardiology)
Monday, June 25, 2018


More Changes Are Coming to MOC!
Today in Medscape, we learn that even more changes are coming to MOC. The simple answer to the "will physicians get relief" is, of course, no. Here's the comment I left, just in case it does not get published, that explains why they won't get relie...
Dr. Wes (IM/Cardiology)
Wednesday, June 13, 2018


Churning Pseudoscience
Recently, two papers published by authors at the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) appeared in the mainstream medical literature that purported to provide evidence to the value of their Maintenance of Certification program. The first was "A...
Dr. Wes (IM/Cardiology)
Tuesday, June 12, 2018


Recap: Dr. Wes Goes to 2018 AMA Annual Meeting
It was a rainy day in Chicago.  I elected to take the commuter train downtown to avoid the traffic well before my scheduled presentation for the PA Medical Society at 9AM. After leaving the Ogilvie Train Station, I walked to the cab station to hail a...
Dr. Wes (IM/Cardiology)
Monday, June 11, 2018


Everybody Knows a Frank
Frank is one of the smartest people in his cardiology division. He's bright, congenial, and capable of citing the latest clinical trial on the best imaging study to detect hibernating myocardium. He loves learning. Frank is the guy you used to confid...
Dr. Wes (IM/Cardiology)
Tuesday, June 5, 2018


Before You Pay Your $155 to ABIM (or Any Other ABMS Member Board)
This past week, the American Board of Internal Medicine sent this reminder to all ABIM Board-certified diplomates participating in Maintenance of Certification (MOC™) (thanks @jtsaxon for sending this): Before paying this fee, please take a mome...
Dr. Wes (IM/Cardiology)
Sunday, June 3, 2018


US Board Certification Survey Results to Be Presented at the June AMA Meeting
The largest independent voluntary survey of US physicians on the topic of US Board Certification (and continuous certification) will be presented at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates at the Hyatt Regency Chicago on June 11, 2018, ...
Dr. Wes (IM/Cardiology)
Saturday, June 2, 2018


UCSF's Embarrassing Appointment
It seems some people can't help themselves. They have to tow the party line. You scratch my back, I scratch yours. Imagine Christine Cassel, MD, self-proclaimed "bioethics" queen extraordinaire,  and former President and CEO of the American Board ...
Dr. Wes (IM/Cardiology)
Friday, June 1, 2018



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