Are You Leaving Yourself Unprotected As A Doctor?

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A good doctor does not sacrifice themselves for an individual patient. They protect themselves, so they can help as many as possible.

When you work as a doctor in a medical career, you have to understand the awesome responsibility that can come with such a role. Not only are you responsible for doing your duties and providing care, but you are responsible for the outcomes of that care, to some degree. As such, life, death, and well-being are all in your field of responsibility. 

You might have gotten into your career to help others, but you should still be sure to take care of yourself, too. Here, we’re looking at some of the common ways doctors can leave themselves unprotected, and what you should do about it.

You don’t document effectively

One of the most important duties of a doctor, after patient care, is ensuring that documentation has been taken appropriately. Not only are there electronic health record regulations that make this a legal necessity, but the more detailed and accurate information on patient treatment and interactions you are able to keep, the more evidence you have when any claims are made against you. Incomplete or inaccurate records can cost you, both legally and reputationally.

You don’t invest in the necessary protection

Even when you do everything right, and take all of the records necessary to show that, there is still going to be the risk that you will be the target of a claim. Having the necessary medical malpractice insurance is vital, as it can ensure that you’re able to cover not just your legal fees, but the compensation that a patient might end up winning. Otherwise, you could be leaving your career at serious financial risk.

You don’t seek enough ongoing education

Most doctors are well aware that education doesn’t end when you’ve earned your doctorate or even when you’re past your residency. You have to take care to keep up with medical advancements and best practices in the industry to ensure that you are providing the highest standard of care. Otherwise, this can leave you open to malpractice claims.

As a doctor, you should have some degree of knowledge of the laws, regulations, and policies that you have to work within. These update over time, as well, making it important to stay abreast so that you can make sure that you’re always making the right decision. Organizations you work for are likely to provide ongoing training and briefings on such changes but it might be worth following health law blogs, too.

You neglect your own wellbeing

Being a doctor is a very tough job. Doctor burnout is very real, and you have to take steps to mitigate it, finding your own stress management strategies to manage your work-life balance. Otherwise, stress can make you more liable to make mistakes, which can lead to serious trouble.

A good doctor does not sacrifice themselves for an individual patient. They protect themselves, so they can help as many as possible. Keep that in mind as you read over the tips above.

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