Character, Competence and the Principles of Medical Discipline

A focus on competency would do much more to protect the public from malpractice than removing a physician's license for behavior in their personal lives - such as a criminal conviction - that has little to no impact on how well they do their jobs. This article analyzes data on disciplinary actions in the medical profession to recommend that licensing boards focus more on competency infractions versus infractions reflecting poorly on character.


Sawim, N. N. (2010). Character, Competence and the Principles of Medical Discipline. Loyola University Chicago School of Law: Faculty Publications & Other Works, 13, 41. https://digitalcommons.law.umaryland.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?referer=https://www.google.com/&httpsredir=1&article=1174&context=jhclp


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