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Jumping Through Hoops Because of My DO Degree

Jay Mohan, DO, and interventional cardiologist, looks at the bright side, as he recounts the hurdle that came with becoming a fellowship program director.

December 29, 2023

2023 was an interesting year for me as a DO: I took over for our long term program director for the fellowship program.

When the ACGME and AOA merged in 2018 one of their “requirements” was that all Program directors had to be ABIM certified. This negated my AOBIM certifications and forced me to retake medicine and cardiology.

As a practicing attending I had to re-study for medicine and finally took cardiology in October.

 

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Fortunately I passed both (medicine was tough 🙄).

Now I can put this stress behind me and focus on training fellows in the field that I love- Cardiology.

Unfortunately this was the first time I felt push back for being a DO.

 

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I was able to practice and take care of patients but because of my DO boards I was not viewed as being able to train MDs in cardiology.

However, I jumped through the hoops and am now boarded in medicine and cardiology in both AOBIM and ABIM.

At the end of the day I looked at it as a challenge- a way to improve my knowledge and make myself a better doctor.

I also took it as a necessity to make sure DOs don’t get pushed out of leadership roles by ACGME’s unfortunate views on training.

 

I took it as a necessity to make sure DOs don’t get pushed out of leadership roles by ACGME's unfortunate views on training. Click To Tweet

 

I’m excited to put this chapter behind me and focus on Cardiology and the joy it brings me to see our graduates go out and make a difference in the field. Education above all else!

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