The National Academies of Practice recently inducted Drs. Gail C. Golab, Kent D. McClure, Peter J. Pascoe, and Lyle P. Vogel at a banquet following a forum on the topics of pain management and malpractice.
The NAP is an interdisciplinary group that has been addressing problems in health care since 1981. The goals of the group include advising government and serving as a forum for discussions of public policy, education, research, and inquiry.
Drs. Pascoe and McClure were among the speakers at the recent NAP forum, "Pain management gone awry: An interdisciplinary model for preventing malpractice."
Dr. Pascoe (LIV '75) is a professor at the University of California School of Veterinary Medicine in the Department of Surgical and Radiological Sciences. He spoke on "Physiology, assessment, and management of pain," particularly on the neurobiology of pain. He described the difficulties with assessing pain, the methods currently in place, and nonpharmacologic and pharmacologic pain management.
Dr. McClure (TEX '88) serves as general counsel for the Animal Health Institute, which represents manufacturers of animal health care products. He spoke on the topic of "Valuing pain in patients and their families: Risk management," specifically about malpractice suits. He talked about the movement for courts to consider emotional distress of animals and animal owners.
The other inductees in veterinary medicine, Drs. Vogel and Golab, are members of the AVMA staff. Dr. Vogel (MIN '67) is director of the Scientific Activities Division. Dr. Golab (IL '91) is the assistant director for professional and public affairs in the Communications Division.