V6: Risk Management Review: Office Environment and Patient Safety

Patient expectations develop before the patient even comes through your front door for the first time. Most patients have already looked up you and your practice on the Internet before they make an appointment. They can look up your credentials and your reputation and even see an actual street view of your office. On that … Read more

V6: Case Study 4: Recognizing Pulmonary Embolism

The podiatric physician’s perspective My name is Peter Compton, and I am a podiatrist. After I graduated from podiatric medical school and did a surgical residency, I joined my brother in practice in our hometown. He had been practicing for five years, and his podiatric practice was very busy. He was happy to have a … Read more

V6: Case Study 3: Managing Postsurgical Pain

The podiatric physician’s perspective My name is Simone Potter, and I am a podiatrist. My partner and I started our practice 12 years ago, and things have gone very well. Our practice is thriving and we have been thinking of finding a larger office space and adding an X-ray machine, although in our present practice … Read more

V6: Case Study 2: Identifying Tumors in the Foot

The podiatric physician’s perspective My name is Digby Fox, and I have been a practicing podiatric physician for 18 years. I am in a partnership with two other podiatrists. We each have our own podiatric assistant, and we share an X-ray technician, a receptionist, a billing person, and a part-time person who does the filing … Read more

V6: Case Study 1: It’s Not Always about the Medicine

The podiatric physician’s perspective My name is Mark Penfold. I am a podiatrist in solo practice. After I graduated from podiatric medical school and completed a two-year surgical residency, I joined a group practice. I didn’t have the resources to start my own practice at the time, and I thought it would be a good … Read more

V6: Elements of Excellence – Introduction

As a podiatric physician, you face challenges every day, and your choices are critical to providing the finest, safest patient care possible. Raising your awareness of risk management techniques and methods and applying them to your daily decision-making processes helps to minimize your potential exposure to a malpractice claim. DT Podiatric Risk Management Course—Volume 6: Elements … Read more

V5: Feature Article 1: Informed Consent: Theory and Practice

Introduction For many years a “simple consent” by a patient was enough to protect podiatrists against legal recourse by a dissatisfied patient. About a decade ago, litigation over the requirement of informed consent began in earnest. A more complicated set of rules began to develop beyond the original simple idea that a physician could not … Read more

V5: Case Study 4: Altered Records

The podiatric physician’s perspective My name is Zach Hoffman. I’m a podiatric physician. I’ve been in solo practice for almost 10 years. I started out in a group practice, but my partners and I didn’t agree on a few things, so I left them and opened my own practice. Let’s just say we had a … Read more