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Do you have any lawsuits currently or in the past, including any settlements?

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  1. 1.

    Do you have any lawsuits currently or in the past, including any settlements?

      This is a straightforward question. No one wants someone certain to lose them money or jeopardize their reputation. However, it is a truism that all physicians are at risk for malpractice suits, whether these actually come to pass or not. The interviewer will not dismiss you for lawsuits--he or she just doesn't want someone who is sued so frequently, as to suggest there's a problem. That being said, not all suits come to pass, and a lawsuit filed is not a deal breaker; many are just filed against you for the purpose of initiating and accomplishing discovery to see if there really is merit to a case. If there aren't really any substantial missteps on your part, these go away or prescribe, and your interviewer will know this. A settlement, on the other hand, can be just as bad as a lawsuit you lose, because most settlements are made to mitigate the damage of a likely unfavorable outcome.
      If there are suits, losses, or settlements, be truthful, but half of the truth is your side of the story, so make sure you give it. Do not blame your previous institution or group--that just looks bad for you. Take ownership, but if you can explain why a lawsuit occurred due to a complication and not overt malpractice, this is something any hospital administrator will understand.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I have three lawsuits, each one of them is due to a complication--one an allergic reaction to a dressing, another due to side effect of a medication, and another for a revision after an infection associated with a Mohs surgery. After discovery, I expect all three to prescribe without incident or settlement."

  2. 2.

    Do you have any personal problems with our seeing or assigning you indigent or “charity” cases?

      Before you interview, you should learn the demographics of this group or hospital. You should be comfortable with the demographic distribution because that will determine the type of practice you will have or how you will interact with this demographic. Regardless of whether they take care of such patients, you should always state you have no personal problems seeing anyone who needs you--you can't go wrong saying this! Many groups and hospitals are required, for example, to have a 'life-and-limb' list of doctors who rotate turns seeing uninsured emergency patients. If a hospital, for example, accepts any federal funds (Medicare or Medicaid), no patient can be refused in their Emergency Department. If you're doing your duty serving on a 'life-and-limb' ED rotation, you will still be required to see such patients, as well as provide follow-up in your office, regardless of your practice preferences. Of course, many dermatology conditions involve the elderly, so it is assumed you accept Medicare.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Having issues with seeing anyone would go against my own values--I will see anyone who needs my services. I know that the demographic here includes the adult population--especially the elderly--so taking care of them would be my obligation if I am presented such a scenario."

  3. 3.

    If you’re on a rotational call for indigent patients or patients without a doctor, how would you feel about having to see a patient in the ED whom you had dismissed from your practice?

      This is a test of your willingness to comply with policy. Most physicians have dismissed patients from their practice for failure to pay or a failure in compliance. If you're fulfilling an obligatory role and a dismissed patient is assigned care by you, you have to accept it.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Although I would not choose to see this patient electively, I would follow policy and accept him or her without any personal asides to the patient. If the patient chose not to accept me as his or her doctor for this episode, I would call the Patient Advocate and arrange a consultation with the patient to remedy the conflict."

  4. 4.

    Are there any substance abuse, domestic violence, or other background items that could impact the integrity of our hospital/group?

      Such situations are a reason for running away from a current situation. If there is such a damaging component in your history, own it, and explain the steps you took to eliminate the risk of it recurring, i.e., rehab, successfully completed therapy, etc. Let the interviewer know you are comfortable with a probationary period or supervision if deemed necessary.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I have a DUI arrest in my past as a teenager. I do not have a problem with abuse, but my arrest required I partake in prevention programs, which I completed successfully."

  5. 5.

    Would you be willing to accept whatever electronic medical record process is in use here?

      This question is asked as another test of your willingness to comply with policy. You should feel comfortable complying with all policies of the organization to which you are applying.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Of course. If I am part of this hospital/group, I want to be 'all in' in my compliance with all the protocols."

  6. 6.

    Would you be willing to serve on a committee investigating an issue with one of your colleagues?

      Internal affairs and investigation are just necessary. Things happen, and when patient care is affected or jeopardized, they must be explored and dispositions made so that they don't recur. Besides Joint Commission accreditation and insurance reimbursements, a public reputation is jeopardized by uncorrected omissions or errors in care. The interviewer wants to know if you'll have the courage to step up and do what's right.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "There is no easy answer for this, only a difficult one: yes, I would have an obligation to do what's right when it comes to patient care and safety, even if that means possibly being resented by a colleague. If it were a close personal friend being targeted by the investigation, I would ask to recuse myself, but I would be prepared for that not to be granted. The only thing I would want is to not be the only one making a judgement--having more than one investigator, I feel, is necessary to take politics out of such an inquiry and give it additional objective credibility."

  7. 7.

    Do you accept Medicare assignment?

      This is really no business of theirs, unless there is a policy that you must be a 'participating doctor', accepting Medicare assignment. If it's a group, this might be so; if it's a hospital, it only applies to those employed by the hospital, not independent staff.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Yes, I am a participating doctor in accepting Medicare assignment.
      Alternatively, I accept Medicare but am a non-participating doctor for accepting assignment.
      Alternatively, I do not accept Medicare and have opted out."

  8. 8.

    Many cosmetic surgeons and gynecologists have an aesthetician and offer the same topical services you may, such as prescription meds, IPL, or laser therapy. Do you have any personal feelings about such ancillary staff that could constitute competition?

      There is a traditional antagonism between MDs whose specialties extend into common ground with other specialists. This should not be seen as a problem for you, because everyone--in your practice and theirs--contributes to the bottom line. You have to present yourself as being open-minded, because more innovations are being developed and introduced all the time. Gone are the days when a specialty can claim dominance over an area of expertise that is a "gray area" intersection between two specialties.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "gray area"

  9. 9.

    If you are treating a patient for whom a skin condition was diagnosed and treatment given, but the result had failed, and the patient then stated he/she had lost faith in you, what would you do?

      This is a disturbing scenario on different levels--it's a challenge to your knowledge and expertise and a distrust of you. It also has medicolegal implications, because dissatisfied and/or angry patients are the ones who feel strongest about someone else paying for their disappointing results, i.e., litigation. Your answer should reflect the deterioration of the physician-patient relationship and how you might regain it or cut your losses. You have to admit that there are some situations that you just can't win.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "A patient who feels I have failed him or her can be disappointed, but there is a big difference between a trial of therapy and then fine-tuning it based on the results and being accused of being inept. Prior to any treatment, I would educate the patient on any remedy in which the results--successful or unsuccessful--would be helpful. If unsuccessful results soured our relationship to the point where I faced an uphill battle in convincing the patient why he or she should continue with me, I would recommend referral to another dermatologist, based on the absolute need for a patient to have confidence in me. The patient is already angry, and if the anger cannot be removed and replaced with good faith, discharging him or her won't make things any worse and may even limit my liability and that of those with whom I'm associated."

  10. 10.

    Are there any other types of specialties with whom you plan to work with on a routine basis?

      No one is an island, and medicine is so complicated that it takes a village. Dermatology is one such specialty that relies heavily on others, and you should answer that this is an important strategy in your practice. Physicians who announce their isolation in practice are limiting the options for their patients.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I rely on other specialties all the time and will have a good, working relationship with your pathologists, cosmetic surgeons, and other specialists, because many skin conditions are intimately associated with disorders of other systems in the body. If I ignore this relationship, I am not practicing the full depth and breadth of dermatology."

  11. 11.

    Do you have any hesitation referring to another specialty?

      This question gets at if you plan to practice out of your comfort zone, i.e., appropriately. Your answer should be centered on what is best for your patient, not winning some turf battle. When patients end up their happiest, they are also happiest with you.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I certainly plan to practice along the lines of dermatology, but I make liberal use of consultation for the best health impact on my patients. If someone does something better or is more qualified from a regulatory standpoint, I will willingly defer to, or partner with him or her in the case at hand. For example, I may want to involve a plastic surgeon to complete a Mohs procedure for a better cosmetic result. This would not only be appropriate, but even the best plan for my patient."

  12. 12.

    How is your attendance at general staff and department meetings?

      Running a group or a hospital, unfortunately, requires significant bureaucracy. The doctors are needed to make that run, which means taking responsibility for the clerical drudgery involved. This means meetings--lots of meetings. And they're always at night or during office hours, which can cut into your income. Note that the question doesn't ask whether your attendance will be good, but how it has been in the past. This implies that your answer may be verified by a phone call or two, so tell the truth. Most likely, no one will be checking up on your answer, so even if you've been truant in the past, pledge to do better.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I may have missed meetings from time to time--usually due to my being occupied in clinical duties or vacation. However, I realize how important the business of the hospital/group is, and will make every effort to improve my attendance."

  13. 13.

    What would be your response to hearing a code being called in the middle of the night as you’re getting ready to go home after attending a patient?

      This is a no-brainer question. Of course you would respond. It is tempting to assume that certainly someone else would be there to respond, and that is typically true, but you don't want to be seen as the type of person who would need to hear the code called repeatedly before you responded.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Unless managing a clinically unstable situation or in the middle of a procedure, I would respond, and then only drop out if others were whom I felt were more qualified to attend the code."

  14. 14.

    How timely is your practice to sign off on chart entries and make all of your dictations current? Have you ever been suspended from a staff for failure to do these?

      This type of suspension is not a 'hard' suspension, per se: it doesn't mean there are any deficiencies in your medical care or expertise. Most physicians get a little behind from time to time, the only thing lighting a fire under them to get these clerical loose ends tied up is often suspension. Although this is frowned upon but not necessarily condemned, it does impact the hospital or group's bottom line, so the question is one of fiscal importance.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Although I've been occasionally remiss in keeping all sign-offs and dictations current, I feel it is important for me to be diligent in keeping current. It is not lost on me how reimbursement by third-party payers can be affected by incomplete charts. Just as important--to me--is the need for accuracy, and attempting to remember specifics from a procedure or rounds can become spotty if too much time has passed. For these reasons, I agree that keeping current is important and strive to do that."

  15. 15.

    If you were to receive a communication from the Executive Committee about a practice issue of yours that it seems could have clinical repercussions, how would you address the members when meeting with them?

      This is more than just hospital policy, but a challenge to your clinical authority, which is traditionally up to the physician alone. Therefore, this can be upsetting. This is a question of how you handle personal challenges to your privileges. Even if you're right and they're wrong, you have to show you're willing to be a good sport about the whole thing.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Prior to my meeting, I would research the literature about what I was doing in this particular practice, be it off-label prescribing or using protocols not considered to be evidence-based. My authority allows for some latitude. If in researching this, I discover a serious problem that justifies their concern, I would report that I have learned from this and will not be repeating the practice(s) of concern. If I found that I can defend the practice based on my research, I would make my case but tell them I will abide by their decision on this."

  16. 16.

    How would you handle a problem in which Utilization Review wants you to discharge a patient who you feel isn’t medically ready for discharge?

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  17. 17.

    Tell me about yourself.

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  18. 18.

    Are you going to be doing any chronic pain care?

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  19. 19.

    How do you feel about telemedicine?

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  20. 20.

    What invasive procedures are you planning to do?

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  21. 21.

    If you were to see a peer doing or saying something inappropriate, how would you respond?

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  22. 22.

    If you’re not available, due to illness or vacation, for example, how will your patients be cared for?

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  23. 23.

    Here we have a policy of _______. Do you have a problem with that?

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  24. 24.

    What can you bring to our group/hospital?

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  25. 25.

    What is it about this group/hospital that makes you want to be a part of it?

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