The Highest Standard

Keith E. Brandt, MD

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Keith Brandt, MDBoard Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery

“It’s absolutely critical that the specialty boards continue to evolve the ABMS MOC program because the specialists understand the uniqueness of their area of medicine. It should not fall into anyone else’s hands.”

Dr. Brandt views the MOC process as an answer to public outcry for assurance of quality health care. “As specialists become more involved in the ABMS MOC program, they will understand its importance for affirming to our patients that we are up-to-date in our training, knowledge and skills,” explained Dr. Brandt. “If state medical boards start accepting the ABMS MOC program as a requirement for licensure, then the ABMS boards have done physicians a huge favor by getting this process in place.”

Now in his third year of the 10-year ABMS MOC program cycle for the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), Dr. Brandt has already submitted his credentialing information and completed the necessary Continuing Medical Education. He has also finished the first round of self assessment which involved submitting the cases of 10 consecutive patients who received a particular procedure for inclusion in a national database maintained by ABPS. The cases are compared against similar ones submitted by other surgeons. A report of this comparison is provided, allowing Dr. Brandt to identify the similarities and differences of his practice to that of other surgeons. After identifying areas for improvement, Dr. Brandt completed the required educational activities, such as journal article reviews and attending courses at national meetings, to update his knowledge. He has also started the MOC process with the American Board of Surgery.

“It’s great to get feedback from an entity we trust,” said Dr. Brandt. “These comparisons gave me a real-life picture of what is happening in the United States and helps me know whether or not I am in line with the way a procedure is done by others.” This experience has helped Dr. Brandt fine tune areas of his practice and affirms that the gradual changes he has been making over the years are in the right direction. As the ABMS MOC program continues and more information is submitted to the database, Dr. Brandt is looking forward to mining the data to come up with strong recommendations for treating particular conditions or patient types.

Dr. Brandt is Board Certified in Plastic Surgery by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and is Board Certified in Surgery, with a subspecialty certification in Surgery of the Hand, by the American Board of Surgery. He has been in practice for 17 years and specializes in Reconstructive Microsurgery. Dr. Brandt is currently the William G. Hamm Professor and Program Director of the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Brandt earned his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston.







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