Tristan J. McIntosh, Elizabeth Pendo, Patricia A. King, Kelly K. Dineen, Jennifer D. Oliva, Lissa Lamkin Broome, John M. Conley, and Liz Chiarello
Serious ethical violations among physicians undermine public trust in the healthcare system and cause serious harm to patients. Egregious forms of wrongdoing that direct harm patients, such as sexual abuse, wrongful prescribing of controlled substances, and unnecessary surgeries, are particularly alarming. State medical boards are tasked with protecting the public by ensuring that physicians adhere to ethical guidelines and appropriate standards of care. However, it is unclear why boards sometimes fail to remove seriously offending physicians from practice in a timely manner or what measures would make boards more effective in protecting patients from harmful misconduct.
This conference will present the findings of an innovative Greenwall Foundation funded project that provides solutions to this problem. Working directly with state medical board members and other experts, the researchers have developed a consensus on the most important tools and practices needed to protect the public when physicians are accused of egregious wrongdoing, as well as barriers to adopting those tools and practices. The conference will focus on these findings and invite response to a carefully chosen set of recommendations for state statutory provisions for discussion.
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