OCT 10, 2014
The overall purpose of developing competence as an ophthalmologist is to improve the physician-patient relationship and the medical care that accompanies that relationship. Competent ophthalmologic practice requires both technical and ethical capacities. Technical capacities are comprised of the knowledge and skills required to practice medicine, and especially ophthalmology, according to current standards of care. Ethical capacities are demonstrated by acting as an agent of the patient, developing a caring relationship with patients, and an appreciation of clinical ethical problems.
An impaired ophthalmologist is one who is no longer competent due to a physical, mental or emotional impairment. An impaired ophthalmologist should withdraw from those aspects of practice affected by the impairment. If an impaired ophthalmologist does not cease inappropriate behavior, it is the duty of other ophthalmologists who know of the impairment to take action to attempt to assure correction of the situation. This may involve a wide range of remedial actions.
The materials and information below are presented for user education and for the development of educational activities.