The education of physicians in the United States is lengthy and involves undergraduate education, medical school, and graduate medical education. The learning does not end when physicians complete their residency or fellowship training either. Doctors participate in continuing education and some states require a certain number of continuing education credits per year to ensure the doctor's knowledge and skills remain current. Continuing medical education requirements vary by state, by professional organizations, and by hospital medical staff organizations.
We all want to seek health care from qualified, knowledgeable health care providers. In your opinion, whose responsibility is it to ensure the competency of health care providers? What information regarding the provider should be made available to the individual consumer to help them choose a health care provider? Explain your reasoning.