Coping with malpractice stress

By John D. Kelly IV, MD

How to come back from a crisis in confidence

Even the best and most innocent orthopaedic surgeons have been the targets of medical liability litigation that can result in anguish, a loss of self-esteem, a fear of treating future patients, and a shift to seeing each patient as a potential litigant. Coping with these feelings isn’t easy, but it is possible. My personal story may provide an example and roadmap for others.

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