What Physicians Should Know about MOL
The U.S. health care system is in a period of flux and change, facing significant questions about its future. Among developments in recent years is a growing interest in the enhancement of patient safety, the measurement of quality outcomes, and improvements to systems and process.
As health care consumers have become more empowered and informed, they, too, have put a new emphasis on safety and quality.
Virtually every sector of health care is affected by these trends, and all of us with a stake in our system's future have an obligation to take note of them and respond appropriately.
For the nation's medical regulatory community, that means asking a fundamental question about the way we go about licensing physicians. How could our system be enhanced to improve patient safety and quality of medical care?
We believe the Maintenance of Licensure (MOL) concept, which promotes lifelong learning and continuous professional development as a requirement of relicensure, provides the right answer to that question.
The MOL system, now under development, will provide physicians with reasonable, non-burdensome pathways to fulfill re-licensure requirements in the future. Our goal is to benefit patients by ensuring physicians are staying as current as possible with advances in medicine.
As you read about our MOL initiative at this website, please keep several things in mind:
We are working closely with the American Board of Medical Specialties, the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, the National Board of Medical Examiners, the American Medical Association, the American Osteopathic Association, the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners and other leading health care organizations during this process to ensure that MOL minimizes burdens for physicians.
Physicians have told us they are stretched thin with requirements; we have heard that message and are taking it into account as we build the MOL system.
MOL is designed to better facilitate and document a physician's engagement with continuous professional development and lifelong learning. We believe this will provide a substantive contribution to our nation's effort to improve patient safety and better health outcomes.
There are many details still to be worked out, and this process likely will take time. The first components of MOL systems at the state level are still years away. In the meantime, we pledge to listen to physician input as we build this new approach to medical relicensure in the United States.
Humayun J. Chaudhry, DO, MS, MACP, FACOI
President and CEO
Federation of State Medical Boards