A survey of 202 fourth-year medical students and third-year residents at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago found that 94% of students and 96% of residents have seen examples of defensive medicine in their clinical training. Somehow this comes as a surprise to American Medical News reporter but the bottom line is that we can’t pretend it doesn’t exist. The medical “lottery system” is a reality and without tort reform (not tort removal) then nothing will change and our students will perpetuate this costly ritual. Truly sad.
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