Once again @EdwinKruys takes a complex issue and lays bare the important points to consider
The Medical Board of Australia is well aware of the daunting revalidation dilemma: how to identify underperforming doctors without subjecting the rest to time-consuming and needless procedures?
The percentage of underperforming doctors is low. Nevertheless, in the UKall doctors undergo regular appraisals and are ‘revalidated’ every five years if they are deemed up to date and fit to practice.
The UK revalidation system has received its fair share of criticism. A common complaint is that the collegiate appraisal process has been ‘dumbed down’ as it changed from a formative to a summative process.
Other criticism includes the heavy time burden and paperwork, the negative impact on doctors’ wellbeing (while the profession already works in a highly stressful environment), the creation of a tick-box mentality, and a situation where some doctors are avoiding complicated situations and high-risk patients that could get them into trouble.
The good news is that the Australian Medical Board…
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