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Sure, you’re a doctor. But are you competent?

There’s a movement afoot to put doctors under more scrutiny after they get licensed to practice. Up for debate: The best way to go about it.

PACE (Physician Assessment and Clinical Education) is a program from the University of California San Diego to monitor doctors’ competency as they continue to practice. The PACE program is increasingly being used by state medical boards and individual hospitals to supplement their own assessments.

But it’s not a flawless system: The program requires staffing and funding that may not be available. And some experts question whether state medical boards need more legal authority before they can use PACE to assess physicians’ competency.

Another option: Re-certification by specialty boards. Having doctors re-certify in their specialties every few years would be a prime opportunity to ensure that they’ve maintained their skills and core competencies.

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