Dr. Rand Paul flunks board certification questions

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  1. Like his dad, Dr. Ron Paul, Dr. Rand Paul isn’t going to compromise his principles just because others do. People who actually still trust government sanctioned regulatory agencies ought to buy into off shore petroleum drilling and recovery operations. Buy stock in GM and Chrysler, in AIG, the BOA, in the FDIC and all the other “lenders of last resort” as well as help reelect supporters of the FED’s counterfeiting based strategy to create economic recovery. If you’d rather believe in arbitrary titles than in an established history of positive results and satisfied customers, sign up for more of the same politics that got us where we are today.

    His previous statements regarding the federal governments lack of constitutional authority to dictate that private property owners sublimate their rights to a collective espousing evolving arbitrary entitlements are only controversial among people who are ignorant of the federal governments enumerated powers.

    He’d get my vote if I were a constituent.

    1. Board certification doesn’t come through a government sanctioned regulatory agency. It comes from a professional organization of one’s peers. It’s about maintaining a standard of care. Paul isn’t bucking the government here; he’s bucking his professional peers. Of course he doesn’t have to participate or comply. But he does owe it to his patients, colleagues, and employers not to misrepresent his credentials.

      His medical license, on the other hand, was and is a matter of government regulation. Apparently he thought it was okay to compromise his principles long enough to get licensed.

      1. Working within the rule of law may or may not require a compromise in principle, but performing a service without a license (even a despicable one) is to abandon the rule of law and operate as a criminal. If there were ever a compromise, acting as a criminal would qualify.

        What is the certification issue that precludes Dr. Paul from consenting to be obligated to it over what he must believe is in the best interests of his patients? I confess that I don’t know, but I’d be willing to bet that it involves some aspect of his loosing personal responsibility for his patients welfare.

      2. I found the reason for Dr. Rand Paul creating a competing certification organization. As I surmised, his reason is rooted in credibility for his profession. You can see it here.

      3. As I understand it, before 1992, ABO certifications had no expiration. After that, ABO started issuing 10-year certifications; ophthalmologists certified before 1992 were grandfathered in, meaning they didn’t have to be recertified. Paul formed his own group in 1999, allowed it to dissolve a year later because he didn’t file an annual report, and then restarted it in 2005, two months before his accredited ABO certification expired.

        Seemingly he was content with an ABO certification until just before his expired in 2005, at which point he opted to self-certify rather than submit to an ABO exam for re-certification.

        If he was really standing on principle, he’d have quit the ABO in 1992 right after they changed their rules.

  2. It would be interesting to hear his side of the story. Meanwhile we’re forced to surmise the reasons for the time line you mention. Regardless, I appreciate the information you’ve pointed out because facts are always better than assumptions even when we may not understand the reasons for their existence.

... and that's my two cents