HD20 - Study of the Need for Mandatory Continuing Medical Education

Executive Summary:
During the 1996 Session of the General Assembly, concerns were expressed about the competency of some health care providers who may not maintain current knowledge of practice modalities and ethical issues. Those concerns led to the introduction of two study resolutions - House Joint Resolution 68, patroned by Delegate Gladys Keating, and House Joint Resolution 157, patroned by Delegate Panny Rhodes. With the passage of HJR 68, the Virginia Board of Medicine has been directed to study the need for requiring continuing medical education for physicians of medicine and osteopathy with special emphasis on medical ethics. The Board must complete its work in time to submit its findings and recommendations to the Governor and the 1997 Session of the General Assembly.