If additional medical training could prevent even one medical mistake from taking a life, then it’s worth it.
According to a new study by the Journal of Patient Safety, as many as 400,000 people a year die as a result of preventable medical errors. In an effort to decrease this number, medical certification boards have started requiring doctors to enroll in “maintenance” programs to make sure their medical knowledge and skills are up-to-date, while also giving them the opportunity to display their commitment to “lifelong learning and quality improvement.”
While these maintenance certification programs may provide the continuous training doctors need to prevent medical errors, the majority of doctors are opposed to the new requirements.
These programs force doctors to complete medical education modules every two, five, and ten years, on top of the exam they have to take every ten years in order to renew their state medical license. Doctors complain the additional training costs them valuable time and money.
Doctors also argue there’s no proof the additional training improves their ability to treat patients. In fact, over 17,000 doctors have signed a petition attempting to get rid of the new requirements citing they are burdensome and actually impede patient care.
However, recent statistics show that only 65% of doctors passed the ten-year exam required to maintain their state medical license, which proves doctors may not be as prepared as they should be.
If additional medical training could prevent even one medical mistake from taking a life, then it’s worth it. If you or a loved one was a victim of medical malpractice, you have to call me right away 1 (800) 556-4769. I can help you get the compensation you deserve. As your Ohio medical malpractice lawyer, I’ll be there for you, and I’ll Make Them Pay!®
Author: Tim Misny | For 33 years, personal injury lawyer Tim Misny has represented the injured victim in birth injury, medical malpractice, and catastrophic injury/wrongful death cases, serving “Cleveland, Akron/Canton, Columbus & Cincinnati, Ohio.” You can reach Tim by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 1 (800) 556-4769.