You don’t have to go through malpractice litigation alone.
Sara Charles, MD
Professor of Psychiatry (Emerita)
University of Illinois at Chicago
Gerri Donohue, MSN, APRN, ARM, FASHRM
Director, Risk Management Education
Physicians' Reciprocal Insurers
Theodore L. Passineau, JD, HRM, RPLU
Senior Risk Management Consultant
The Medical Protective Company
Jo Shapiro, MD
Division of Otolaryngology
Director, Center for Professionalism and Peer Support
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Larry Veltman, MD, FACOG
Risk Management and Perinatal Safety Consultant
Past Chair, ACOG Professional Liability Committee
Dawer Azizi, MHA, RN, BSN
Vice President of Operations, Medical Interactive Community
Manager of RM & Patient Safety, LAMMICO
Former Risk Management Consultant
Paul Frisch, JD (deceased)
In the interest of full disclosure, we offer the following information:
History: An Advisory Group of five volunteers (two physicians, two lawyers, and a nurse insurance company risk manager) established the website in March 2005. In the latest reporting period (November 1, 2013 - April 30, 2014) there was a total of 29,131, sessions with an average 161 sessions per day and 326 pageviews per day.
Philosophy: Stress is a normal response to involvement in an adverse event and the litigation that may follow. The website is intended to provide emotional and educational support during this period of exceptional stress. This support is designed to help physicians help themselves and mitigate the impact of stress so as to become better defendants and safer clinicians.
Goal: In most areas of the country, there are surprisingly few, if any, resources available to assist the newly sued physician. This website is designed to be a single point of contact where the physician can anonymously access authoritative, unbiased information regarding both the medical malpractice lawsuit process and the mental and emotional dynamics that often accompany entry into this process. As such, this website is unique. While the site offers general information regarding how and from whom to seek professional assistance when needed, it offers no specific legal or psychological advice, as this is the role and responsibility of the physician’s personal attorney, physician, and/or mental health professional.