January 17, 2012

When the Doctor Faces a Lawsuit


 Within months of completing my training, I received the call that every doctor dreads. “You’ve been named in a malpractice lawsuit,” said the hospital administrator on the other end of the line…Other studies estimate that, depending on the specialty, anywhere from 75 percent to 99 percent of practicing doctors will over the course of a lifetime be threatened with a lawsuit. “We are not talking about some small subset of physicians who are vulnerable because they are weak,” said Dr. Tait D. Shanafelt, a co-author and associate professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. “Malpractice affects a wide swath of our colleagues and their patients.”

New York Times, by Pauline W. Chen, M.D.,

Tags: Legal / Leadership, Mayo Clinic Rochester

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