Does Saying ‘I Am Sorry’ Make Malpractice Lawsuits Go Away?

Kathleen Satterfield DPM FACFAOM
2/3/10 | 2928 reads | 0 comments
Does making a medical mistake mean never having to say you are sorry? No, it is just the opposite. Apparently, it is all about saying you are sorry. That is what my surgical mentor taught me and it definitely worked. One time I made a serious mistake and I approached the patient and his family and said those simple words, “I am sorry.” They found no fault. We worked through the problem together and solved it. All was forgiven and they appreciated my sincere efforts. Read More.

Can Testosterone Play A Key Role In Healing DFUs In Patients With PAD?

Kathleen Satterfield DPM FACFAOM
1/13/10 | 3235 reads | 0 comments
My first podiatric mentor, Leonard Levy, DPM, challenged me to always practice to the furthest extent of my license. From day one of my education, Dr. Levy advised: Do the right thing for your patient first and, if necessary, ask for forgiveness later. I should probably mention now that my first mentor, Dr. Levy, is currently serving a Fulbright Fellowship, the first ever by a podiatrist. Dr Levy is now in his seventies. Remarkable, isn’t it? Read More.

Does Marketing Make The Podiatrist Or Does Reputation Make The Podiatrist?

Kathleen Satterfield DPM FACFAOM
12/7/09 | 3150 reads | 1 comments
There are two camps of podiatrists: those who have formal practices and those who are physicians but are business and marketing-minded as well. The latter do what it takes to bring the patients in the door and keep them coming in. The former put their names on the door and let their reputations do the advertising for them. These are the speakers, educators and book editors in our profession. Incidentally, they do not usually make much money in a lifetime. They may say that their riches are in the form of their students and publication, and not in their bank accounts. Read More.

Does Training Residents Cost Our Attendings Too Much?

Kathleen Satterfield DPM FACFAOM
10/28/09 | 2782 reads | 2 comments
Working with residents is a rewarding experience that most of us would not want to trade for anything. The idea of mentoring the next generation of podiatric physicians is fulfilling and generates lifelong friendships. Gary Jolly, DPM, FACFAS, is still my mentor and friend. I will always carry with me his reassuring words, “Kath, there is nothing that you could break that I cannot fix so go ahead and start the surgery. You have to learn and I am here to teach you.” Read More.

Getting More Out Of A Conference Than Free Pens

Kathleen Satterfield DPM FACFAOM
8/25/09 | 2859 reads | 1 comments
Some folks see attending a medical conference as an opportunity to have fun and catch up with old friends. For others, the medical conference represents an opportunity to get ahead, meet possible mentors and address some business issues. That is a whole different ballgame. For the same amount of money you spend to go to a conference, you can have an entirely different experience. Some people pack their toothbrush to go to a conference. Other people pack extra business cards, legal pads and letters of introduction. Which person are you? Read More.

If DPMs Are Ignored By MDs, Is It Their Fault Or Ours?

Kathleen Satterfield DPM FACFAOM
7/28/09 | 3629 reads | 2 comments
I was at an educational dinner recently and I realized I was the only podiatrist in a room of vascular, general surgery and plastic surgeons. Afterward, I spoke privately with the lecturer, a well known vascular surgeon, from the Northwest who has educated many podiatry residents and fellows over the years. We have been on several programs together over the years and I felt comfortable talking frankly with him. Read More.

Patient Education Resources In the Office: Why They Benefit You And The Patient

Kathleen Satterfield DPM FACFAOM
6/29/09 | 3211 reads | 8 comments
You glance at the chart, the clock and the smiling patient. You are right on schedule. Now that is refreshing for a change. You extend your hand to say goodbye and tell the patient you will see her again in two weeks. She can call the office if she has any questions. Read More.

Pilates: A New Referral Consideration?

Kathleen Satterfield DPM FACFAOM
6/1/09 | 2698 reads | 2 comments
Lately, I have heard about Pilates quite a bit and have noticed that it is even drawing attention on the National Institute of Health’s PubMed with several dozen references within the past couple of years. It has gone from being an unusual offering at strip malls to being featured in leading medical journals. This is quite a leap in a very short period of time. That march forward is being led by some of the leaders in our own profession. One of those at the forefront is Sheryl Strich, DPM, who is the President of the American Association for Women Podiatrists. Read More.

Could Recent Discoveries In Research Eventually Lead To Genetic Therapy For Clubfoot?

Kathleen Satterfield DPM FACFAOM
5/1/09 | 3305 reads | 0 comments
Soon there will be a time when the next generation of cutting-edge podiatrists trained in rearfoot surgery will see children with clubfoot being treated non-surgically. I am not talking about those patients who are amenable to treatment via serial casting. I am talking about the bad boy deformities that require tendon releases and opening of joint capsules for repositioning. It was a previously unheard of thought — treatment science fiction really. However, researchers from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis recently discovered a mutation in the gene responsible fo Read More.