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A remedy for troubled doctors

Wall Street Journal, April 13, 2010

A University of California program combines data and gut instincts to determine if, and when, physicians who have been disciplined can start practicing again. The primary mission of the Physician Assessment and Clinical Education Program, or PACE, at the University of California, San Diego, is to evaluate the competence of troubled doctors whose infractions range from serious medical error and negligence to sloppy record keeping and anger management. Using a mix of computer-based simulations, multiple-choice exams, cognitive-function screenings and hands-on observation, PACE faculty and staff tests doctors' knowledge, skills and judgment, providing remedial courses and a weeklong mini-residency supervised by UCSD medical faculty, the Wall Street Journal reports.