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I don’t understand why the American Board of Emergency Medicine, whose only role is certification of clinical skills, is threatening emergency physicians with losing their certification due to allegations of spreading false information. (REM. 2022;44[1]1:

If the board disagrees with a doctor, it is free and appropriate to openly counter it with factual information. Taking away a doctor’s ability to practice his specialty is an entirely different thing unless a felony conviction against that doctor has been proven in court.

Why attack two resident emergency physicians who published data from their large urgent care clinic indicating that they estimate that 40% of Californians may have natural immunity to the disease? How does this harm our profession? If ABEM has solid data proving them to be incorrect, it should release this quality study with a statement of censorship.

Would the board support the removal of board certification status by the American Board of Medical Specialties of Anthony Fauci, MD, which has been proven incorrect in numerous actions and statements regarding COVID over the past two years? If not, why not? Or is this campaign simply an attempt to silence voices they don’t want to hear?

I see many successful lawsuits against the board in the future if they continue to use a financial cudgel against members who have committed no crime. It will only further diminish public confidence in what we do.

Daniel Levy, MD

Seneca, South Carolina