- April 15, 2010
- In medical Malpractice
The University of California’s program that evaluates the competence of doctors who have been found guilty of infractions from sloppy record keeping to substance abuse has attracted a great deal of attention as the country struggles with a shortage of doctors. The Physician Assessment and Clinical Education Program, or PACE, uses a variety of testing protocols to gauge doctor’s skills, knowledge and judgment when they have been found incompetent or suffer from addictions that affect their ability to practice medicine.
A Harvard University patient-safety expert estimated recently that as many as ten percent of the physicians in the U.S. will demonstrate “significant deficiencies in knowledge or skills” at some point during their careers. The program evaluates doctors experiencing problems such as these:
- Age-related cognitive decline
- Mental health problems
- Substance abuse
- Abusive behavior
- Other issues that impair their ability to practice medicine
While California medical malpractice lawyers such as Samer Habbas understand that the country is experiencing a shortage of doctors, they are also concerned about incompetent or otherwise unfit doctors returning to practice. They understand that the PACE program is fairly rigorous in its evaluation of doctors, but California medical malpractice lawyers like Samer Habbas see the victims of medical malpractice every day.
If you or an immediate family member has been a victim of medical malpractice, call 888.848.5084 to schedule a free consultation with Southern California medical malpractice attorney Samer Habbas. He can explain the complex issues that determine the basis of a medical malpractice case and advise you as to the legal options available. For more information, call 888.848.5084 today.