What do you call the person who graduates last in med school? It’s a set-up to a joke that is anything but. Of course, you call that person ‘doctor.’ There are incompetent people in every job, and doctors are no exception. We don’t have any good statistics on how many incompetent doctors are currently in practice…
Only two provinces — Nova Scotia and Alberta — have mandatory checks on doctors. Ontario will soon follow, once the province passes enabling regulations.
If I understand the program correctly, there is no mandatory oversight of doctors in BC. That is, unless patients file complaints, a doctor’s competency is never reviewed. I’ve emailed the College of Physicians & Surgeons of British Columbia to confirm that this is correct. I checked around their site, and found the Committee on Office Medical Practice Assessment, which seems to contravene White Coat’s assertion.
Coming from an industry that has semi-annual reviews for everybody, this is a bit shocking. Surely we ought to be extra-rigorous in evaluating the people who keep us alive?
On a related note, I think, in terms of subject matter, White Coat is one of the more original CBC programs I’ve heard in a while.
UPDATE: I got an answer back from the College of Physicians & Surgeons of British Columbia. They say that there is some kind of mandatory oversight for physicians registered with the college, though the details were a bit fuzzy.