Featured Professionalism & Ethics Blog

To Report or Not to Report – that is the question

December 16, 2015

Contributed by Susan Stagno, MD | November, 2015

There are many misconceptions about what state medical boards will do with information related to mental health issues and/or treatment of medical professionals. These misconceptions, unfortunately, often cause physicians to avoid mental health care that they need and from which they could benefit to make themselves more effective practitioners. Sadly, these misconceptions have sometimes resulted in untoward outcomes, including suicide by doctors who thought their career and livelihood was at risk if they pursued the mental health care that they needed, for fear that their mental health diagnosis would be divulged to the Ohio State Medical Board.

The Pitfalls of Productivity

November 10, 2015

Contributed by JP Shand, MD and Mark Abramowitz, Esq | September, 2015

The current trends in medicine have sometimes put unrealistic time constraints on physicians to see more patients in less time. This has led both the medical community and physicians to find way to be more productive and efficient. In an effort to maximize the time they spend with patients, physicians have learned to utilize computer assistance in electronic health record (HER) note writing. However, the computer assistance in note writing has led to several pitfalls that physicians have been falling into.

Faculty Survival Guide to Professionalism Lapses in Medical Students

September 15, 2015

Contributed by Susan Padrino, MD | August, 2015
For many of us, working with medical students is an enjoyable and exhilarating experience, offering opportunities for both teaching and learning. We bring our better selves to the encounter, knowing that we will be seen as role models and could help shape the future career of the novice on our team. This is hard work, but usually rewarded by appreciation and enthusiasm.