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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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Primum Non Nocere
Primum non nocere - latin for "first, to do no harm" - is a philosophy working physicians aspire to throughout their careers when caring for patients. It defines a bioethical baseline for physicians and should be their guiding light in clinical decis...
Dr. Wes (IM/Cardiology)
Sunday, December 16, 2018


Boarded to Death: Physicians Sue the ABIM
On Thursday 6 December 2018 in the Federal District Court of Eastern Pennsylvania, a class action lawsuit on behalf of over 100,000 internal medicine physicians was filed against the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) by four internists. The...
Dr. Wes (IM/Cardiology)
Sunday, December 9, 2018


Doctors' Right to Privacy: Is MOC Collapsing Under Its Own Weight?
On Saturday, 1 December 2018, the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) suffered a meltdown of its highly touted "Knowledge Check-in" ("KCI") alternative to its mandated Maintenance of Certification® (MOC) program. At 09:45 AM, Saturday, Decembe...
Dr. Wes (IM/Cardiology)
Tuesday, December 4, 2018


ABIM Fees Place Physician Bank Accounts on High Continuous Suction
The American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) ongoing seemingly endless changes to their Maintenance of Certification® (MOC®) product is affecting physicians who re-certified a short five years ago - like myself. Let's review precisely what has t...
Dr. Wes (IM/Cardiology)
Saturday, December 1, 2018


ABIM To Diplomates: Merry Christmas! Participate in MOC or Else
This weekend, I received this orange notice from the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) in the mail: (Click to enlarge) At first I was going to ignore this flier, since I am board certified until 2023 in Cardiology and 2024 in Cardiac E...
Dr. Wes (IM/Cardiology)
Sunday, November 25, 2018


Ending MOC Nationwide
Continuing education for physicians is important (and we've been doing it all our lives on our own), but when working physicians' right to care for their patients is threatened by unaccountable non-profit testing organizations that have serious undis...
Dr. Wes (IM/Cardiology)
Tuesday, November 6, 2018


MOC as Physician Stick and Carrot
Remember when the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) Maintenance of Certification (MOC®) was sold to physicians by our specialty societies and ABMS member boards as a "pathway to know that they are staying current in the medical knowledge t...
Dr. Wes (IM/Cardiology)
Saturday, October 27, 2018


The Fallacy of dEthics
Meet dHealth (video). dHealth is digital, algorithmic, group-based health care delivery using blockchain technology. Who are the dHealth promotors and visionaries? The exact same ones who lead the ABIM and ABIM Foundation in 1999 when it set out to...
Dr. Wes (IM/Cardiology)
Sunday, October 21, 2018


The MOC Fight
From Medical Economics: "Physicians are pushing legislation on the state level because they don't trust the ABMS [American Board of Medical Specialties] and its financial conflicts of interest," says Paul Mathew, MD, a volunteer board member of the ...
Dr. Wes (IM/Cardiology)
Sunday, October 7, 2018


For Whom MOC Tolls
He saw me in the hall between cases and our eyes connected, however briefly. I probably looked a bit tired, hair askew, and rushed after a long ablation case as I scurried to grab a quick bite to eat before my next case started. He was one of our bes...
Dr. Wes (IM/Cardiology)
Friday, October 5, 2018



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