The National Board of Physician and Surgeons (NBPAS) is a new certification board open to pediatricians, recently created by practicing physicians in direct response to the failure of our boards to listen and adapt to diplomate concerns about MOC. The pediatric board member of NBPAS is David John Driscoll, M.D., Professor of Pediatrics, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine.
NBPAS certification standards for pediatricians are straightforward, egalitarian, inexpensive, and physician-focused: Pass the ABP board examination once, hold an active unrestricted state medical license, demonstrate commitment to ongoing education through 50 hours of CME every 2 years.
This is exactly what MOC should be. Until the American Board of Pediatrics responds to diplomate concerns regarding the overreach of MOC, and board certification becomes truly voluntary, certification through NBPAS is a very good alternative for physicians wishing or needing to maintain board certification.
More information can be found at www.nbpas.org