Medical/Legal: Standard of Care Review
ACEP members can request a review of questionable expert witness testimony regarding emergency medicine’s standards of care. Any member may request a review of egregious testimony. This may include a case you were involved in or one that you are aware of and can obtain the required documents.
A 12- member Standard of Care Review Panel will examine selected questions about testimony that is possibly false, misleading or without medical foundation. Names and other identifiers will be removed so that the review will be blinded. The decision resulting from the review will not be used in any punitive way, and this initiative is designed strictly for educational purposes.
The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) believes that a physician providing testimony as an expert witness clearly has an ethical responsibility to be objective, truthful, and impartial when evaluating a case on the basis of generally accepted standards of practice. It is unethical to overstate one’s opini