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Medical Advice: 7 Questions you Should Ask your Doctor Before Accepting Any Kind of Medical Treatment

We all want to think our doctors are infallible. We’d like to think our doctors know everything there is to know about treating our particular condition. Yet the truth is, at some point in time the doctor has to learn by doing.

Yes, they go through intensive education and rigorous training, but there is a world of difference between textbook learning and the unpredictability of real-life practice. Even established professionals can go an entire career without treating many conditions firsthand.

This doesn’t mean that you should avoid visiting your healthcare practitioner or be fearful about the quality of care you will receive in your time of need.

As I explain in my gripping, fictionalized memoir, Death on the Learning Curve, it’s important that you regard your doctor as a friendly advocate for your health and well-being. However, you should never be a passive spectator when treatment, medication, or surgery is proposed.

It’s Your Health on the Line & You Need to be Engaged in the Process.

Anytime you experience a health problem, be prepared to actively participate in the decision-making process. You should be ready to ask questions-not to be confrontational, but to become fully informed.

Here’s My Top 7 Questions to Ask Your Doctor Before Accepting Any Kind of Medical Treatment:

1. How long have you been in practice?

2. What is your experience with this condition?

3. What are my treatment options, and what other options are available that you or my health plan is not offering? If you don’t understand your doctor’s basic explanation of your condition and treatment, then by all means ask him or her for more information.

4. What are the possible complications of the proposed treatments or surgeries? If there are any complications, how will you correct the problem?

5. Aside from your own partners, whom would you go to for treatment if you had this condition?

6. Are you personally going to perform the surgery? Will others assist and participate in a major way?

7. Can I ask your bookkeeper what my financial responsibility will be? (You need to know in advance.. and don’t be afraid to negotiate!)

The above questions may seem basic, but are very important to get a better sense of whether the doctor you have chosen is someone you truly want as your partner in medical treatment.

Inappropriate Questions or Behavior

Notice I did not include the question: how many times have you been sued? We’ve all heard horror stories, but it is less than useful to ask your doctor how many times he or she has been sued. In today’s cultural climate, most doctors have been sued more than once, especially the good ones!

Inappropriate actions and questions, however well intentioned, can actually undermine your treatment. By recognizing in advance when you are coping with the stresses and fears that go hand-in-hand with serious medical diagnoses, you can avoid compromising the crucial doctor-patient relationship.

Your Health’s Bottom Line

Medical crises are frightening and patients can often feel overwhelmed. But by taking the responsibility to actively participate in the decision-making process and actually work with your doctor for your own highest good, you can dispel your fears. This will allow you and your doctor to focus on the ultimate goal: returning to wellness.

Pierce Scranton

Can a doctor practice in any state in the United states?

Im wondering if a doctor can practice anywhere in the united states or does it depend on what medical school he/she went to. I know that there are certain residency spots open at places but can they practice anywhere afterward? Also how does this apply to other medical schools outside of the united states, Caribbean and Canada? Do the schools have to be licensed by California for instance to practice there after residency or does that only apply to the residency period?

Each state has a medical licensing authority . A person must apply for a license to practice medicine in each state that he or she wants to establish a practice . There is an exam administered by the AMA to establish the equivalency of your out of country medical degree .

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Free Online Doctor Rating Services

Sites that offer free doctor ratings often put banner ads or Google Adsense ads, both of which are paid by advertisers, on their sites to bring in revenue. Therefore, they are able to maintain these sites with limited daily operations.

With so many new sites offering free anonymous doctor ratings and information about physicians’ credentials, consumers expect to be able to find out everything about their doctors. However, because anybody can sign up and add positive or negative feedback regarding their experience with a particular physician, no patient potential patients should take these ratings seriously. While they may be helpful, these ratings can easily be manipulated by a patient, doctor, hospital staff, or anybody online; the reality is that, no matter hood good, how bad, or how renowned the physician is, every physician will have some negative information, since it’s virtually impossible to satisfy everyone. Whether the ratings on a site are for professionals, products, or service companies, there will be negative information. Even the Goliath Google, which is by far the most successful search engine in the world and, one of the most successful companies in the world, has an unsatisfactory record with the Better Business Bureau.

A Doctors Reputation
Some doctors have begun having their patients sign contracts designed to “respect their physician’s privacy on the Internet” by agreeing not to participate in online ratings of doctors. While it’s common practice for patients to sign a contract regarding frivolous malpractice lawsuits before they have surgery, these “Internet privacy” contracts are becoming more common because of the ease with which ratings can be manipulated anonymously.

A Better Way
Although the objective factors listed below may not mean much to the average patient, when each category is factored into the total equation, the resulting rating is much more relevant and precise than anonymous ratings.

•Academic Appointments
•Hospital Appointments
•Professional Reputation/Recognition
•Disciplinary History
•Experience with Specialty
•Community Involvement
•Board Certification(s)
•Malpractice Judgment(s)
•Professional Affiliations

The average patient cares little about the doctor’s license number, expiration date, degree dates, and training dates; however, the database from which this kind of information comes is much more reliable, updated, relevant, and detailed as it relates to a physician’s credential, history, and background. Dates that are associated with a doctor’s professional history are important because they tie into the experience factor and are much harder to obtain and transfer into a proprietary system, such as a commercial doctor rating site.

The Future in Comprehensive Physician Ratings

How It Will Work

1.Software collects and scours data about physician(s), their profiles and histories using an in-house string of doctor credential information databases.
2.The data is analyzed and compared to data for all other specialists in the specified field.
3.Physicians’ profiles are matched and compared within the specialty field, using a combination of a customized doctor rating scoring system and other methodologies.
4.The software uses innovative algorithms to calculate each part of a physician’s profile.
5.The system combines the doctor’s overall ratings with the requested background report.

In a perfect world, doctor ratings would be unnecessary; however, every physician is unique in his or her own area of expertise/special interest, and having tools to find the right physician – by word of mouth, reliable doctor ratings services, or referrals – will result in an informed patient, which is the best kind of patient there is.

Hugo Gallegos

how do i become a family practice doctor?

I just graduated the eighth grade but i am really excited for high school and have goals to do well in my four years of high school. all i just want to know is what classes should i excel in,is there any courses that i should take if u know any thing please write back. p.s answers from family practice doctors would be much more appreciated :)

Somehow your question got posted via Australia. But your profile says you’re in New Jersey, so here’s the US answer:
You need a good general education. College prep courses in high school. Do reasonably well in them all. In college, you’ll want to plan for the requirements of the medical schools. Your college advisor should help, but you’ll want to get some information from the AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) on the requirements, which are not all academic.
Later in college, you’ll take the exam that’s needed for entry into US medical schools, and make applications.
Medical school is pretty well the same for everybody. In your senior year, you’ll interview with some family medicine residencies, and you’ll enter "The Match" to match you with a training program. You’ll spend three years in that residency program.
High school is much too early to begin over-planning and worrying. You need to be a good student, but nothing you do there (within reason) is going to affect your entry into medical school. Have a good time, participate in extracurricular activities, and enjoy being a teenager.

Can a doctor practice medicine without being affiliated with any hospital?

Thanks for replying.
How does it work if a patience of his needs hospitalization?

Yes, they can. There are physicians who choose to do this, especially those who have relocated fairly recently, and want to adjust to an area more gradually before making a commitment that could be more personally demanding. Some work at an Urgent Care Center, for example, but if a patient needs to be referred for inpatient hospital care, then an arrangement has already been made in order to provide for hospital care. The physician without privileges usually has arranged with another physician who does have hospital admission privileges to care for anyone who must be an inpatient.
There is a fair level of commitment that a physician must make in most places, in exchange for hospital admission privileges. There are meetings which are time consuming in which individual hospital procedures are covered. There are also departmental meetings (Orthopedics, Cardiology etc. etc. depending upon specialty) Some hospitals require specialists to do some amount of continuing education classes for other staff. Physicians in many places must also agree to be on call for the ER for example. If you are a plastic surgeon for example, you not only take care of patients who make appointments atyour office, but also agree to come in and consult on the cases for which you are called on certain on call days, evenings and weekends. This also does boost income, and provides better specialty coverage for the hospital.
There are also times when a physician who formerly had hospital privileges no longer does. This could be a simple as he did not want to continue with all the requirements in order to have privileges there, or he is recovering from a serious illness, or be as serious as an alcohol, drug or other issue. Most states allow you to see which physicians have been disciplined by their state’s Board of Medicine for a serious issue. Best wishes.

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Medical Doctor Background Check

A patient seeking medical care may need some sort of physician background check to make sure they are going to entrust their health to good specialist’s hands. Quite a deal of information, such as credentials, certification, education, hospital privileges, professional memberships, malpractice or professional misconduct history, references etc. can be obtained by simple Internet search of publicly available records and free online databases.

Another way to find free doctor information can be by calling your state medical board. Most state medical boards do not charge, but normally they offer only limited background information on doctors. Free places allowing to research your physician’s professional background history also include your local library, American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), medical society according to the specialty, and American Medical Association – in case your doctor is a Member.

As you see, both Internet websites and offline sources offering FREE doctor credentials information are numerous, but you can hardly be sure such information to be comprehensive, detailed, and always up to date, though helpful.

From the other hand, fast screening of your doctor professional background history through continuously updated official centralized databases like the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) that contains all medical doctor malpractice judgments issued in the USA, is available only to licensed private investigators or PI agencies, and is not open for general public.

If not at once, then after running your own initial screening of your medical doctor background, it is advisable to order a comprehensive physician background report from a Private Investigations company possessing due expertise and specializing in the industry, asking them for a credible doctor background check that may include:

  • License verification, current and historical medical licensing check
  • Education, training and credentials verification
  • Social Security number trace and criminal records check
  • Board Certifications and Subspecialty Certifications
  • Sanction data such as billing fraud, over prescribing incompetence or other
  • Comprehensive report on sanctions from various federal and state agencies, such as DEA, FDA or Department of Health and Human Services
  • MD Nationwide Doctor Rating
  • Sexual abuse in the practice of medicine, drugs or alcohol abuse while on the job, being engaged in conduct capable to harm another person.
  • Lawsuits that have bearing on workplace conduct or job performance
  • Former employers and former patient references
  • Screening against general sexual offender databases

Important: for the hired private investigations agency or information broker it is legal to conduct due diligence check and/or professional history background check on your doctor only after receiving the subject’s written consent for doing so.

C. Dyson

many years of residency would a person have to do in order to become a family practice doctor?

I am writing a fiction novel and my main character is currently doing her residency. she is studying to become a family practice doctor. I was hoping that someone can tell me how many years this requires.

the research I’ve done said it can vary from 3-7 years depending on a persons specialty, but I was hoping to narrow it down.

If your main character is working towards being a doctor you’re going to have to know, and write, a lot more about her studies than how long it’s going to take her. Surely she’s at a teaching hospital every day – you’re not just going to say "She went to the hospital and came home"? Studying medicine is a full time, wholly absorbing job; any time she’s not actually practising her skills, she’s going to be deep in her books. You can’t just ignore 16-18 hours out of her 24, and all of that will take a lot of research on your part.