The daunting revalidation dilemma

Just a thought, my 2c.

Deloittes require their partners to retire at 62, KPMG, I believe, at 57.

Clinton (69) and Trump (70) would be younger High Court Judges…or Popes.

We respect Aboriginal Elders yet apparently our GP Elders must have the AHPRA of Damocles over them.

Revalidation just seems a well intentioned idea that will go the wrong way, to the wrong destination, badly.

Doctor's Bag


The Medical Board of Australia is well aware of the daunting revalidationdilemma: how to identify underperforming doctors without subjecting the rest to time-consuming and needless procedures?

The percentage ofunderperforming doctors is low. Nevertheless, in the UKall doctors undergo regular appraisals and are ‘revalidated’ every five years if they are deemed up to date and fit to practice.

The UK revalidation system has received its fair share ofcriticism.A common complaint is that the collegiate appraisal process has been ‘dumbed down’ as it changed from a formative to a summative process.

Other criticism includesthe heavy time burden and paperwork, the negative impact on doctors’ wellbeing (while the profession already works in a highly stressful environment), the creation of a tick-box mentality, and a situation where some doctors are avoiding complicated situations and high-risk patients that could get them into trouble.

The good news is that the Australian Medical Board…

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