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MEDICAL MALPRACTICE

What is a D.O.? (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine)

As discussed before on this website, all doctors are not created equal. Like everyone else, doctors have different skill sets, levels of aptitude, training and experience. Doctors are people after all. Many patients do not realize the distinction between a D.O. (doctor of osteopathic medicine) and an M.D. (medical doctor). Patients often say “they’re both...[Read More]

Did Your Doctor Graduate From a Caribbean Medical School?

We discuss at length the importance of choosing your doctor on this blog. There are a variety of factors patients can, and should, consider when selecting a doctor to provide medical care. One such factor is the medical school the doctor attended. All medical schools are not created equal. Just like anything else, some are...[Read More]

Drug Errors: An All-Too-Common Problem

More than 1 in 10 patients suffer injuries in the course of their medical care with half of those injuries being preventable. Among the preventable errors, 12 percent lead to a patient’s permanent disability or death, according to a meta-analysis of systemic review of medical acre published in July of 2019. [1] The study, which...[Read More]

VA Hospitals: Our Veterans Deserve Better

Here is the deal. You serve your country in the army, marines, navy, or air force and in return your country takes care of your health needs. People who were in the reserves or National Guard may also qualify if he/she was called up for active duty. The problem: the loyal men and women who...[Read More]

Neil Armstrong’s Bypass Surgery

Neil Armstrong was an American Hero. He flew 78 combat missions in the Korean War, was a test pilot for new planes, was the commander for Apollo 11 and became the first man to walk on the face of the moon. All of his accomplishments aside, it is his health history and the medical care...[Read More]

Why infection cases are almost never cases under Virginia law

If I asked my microbiologist friend to name some of the bacteria that exist on a normal human – her mind would explode. She couldn’t possibly name all the bacteria that are known to inhabit our largest organs – and yet, what we know (thanks to the smart people at the CDC, and NIH) is...[Read More]

“Choosing” a surgeon

We are often in conversation with a potential client (which always means some kind of medical crisis has already occurred) and we ask: HOW DID YOU CHOSE YOUR SURGEON? or WHO PERFORMED YOUR SURGERY? And, what we have learned, is that most patients don’t recall the name of their surgeon and feel they had little...[Read More]

Mortality Statistics and Your Hospital

The New York Times published a recent story on the secret recordings of doctors discussing concerns about poor surgical care. The outcomes from surgeries were so bad the doctors questioned whether they should refer patients for surgery if it meant in-house surgeons would perform the operation. You can read the article here. The popular podcast...[Read More]

SPEAK UP (as a patient)

I am currently with a loved one in an out of state Hospital and on every wall is a sign that says SPEAK UP. The poster then discusses patient’s need to speak up and how that can prevent injury and mistakes. I agree. While it doesn’t take away the duty of the healthcare provider to:...[Read More]