It's time to hit the books.
My American Board of Internal Medicine certification is up at the end of 2013. Hard to believe that 10 years have gone by since I last enjoyed this experience.
Back then, I was still in residency. All I had to do was complete my residency (no mean feat, that), get certified in a bunch of procedures, and take a 2 day exam (back then, still with paper and pencil). Now I get to experience the joy that is "Maintenance of Certification." This is comprised of earning 100 points in the MOC program. Some of the points have to be from clinical reading, and the rest have to be from "Practice Improvement Modules." These are, to put it kindly, a pain in the ass. They involve extensive chart audits. Then surveys have to be sent to a bunch of patients. Then more and more have to be sent, since apparently people don't like to fill out surveys. Then you have to come up with all these improvement plans. Then you get to send out even more surveys.
You get the point. It took about 9 months for me to complete my module. All of that work had to be done in my "free" time, of which I have approximately none.
Now that I have my 100 points I can register to take the certification exam in April, so I've started my studying. Part of me finds this to be just another tiresome chore to do during an already busy day, but another part (the NERD part) finds it to be oddly comforting. Taking out the highlighters, making a study schedule... it's like slipping on a well-worn pair of pajamas and slippers.
I know. I'm nuts...but it got me this far!