ABMS Media Report July 2007 ABMS Mentions

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					ABMS Media Report
July 2007
Following is a summary of media coverage related to the American Board of Medical
Specialties (ABMS) including ABMS mentions, ABMS Specialty Board mentions and
related issues. A brief description of each story, along with an excerpt when there is an
ABMS or Specialty Board mention, is provided along with available links for complete
articles. For other articles contact

ABMS Mentions

Story #1
“Hospitals Increasingly Use Palliative Care to Improve Patients’ Quality of Life, Reduce
July 3, 2007

This article is about the growing practice of palliative care, which “adapts aspects of the
hospice philosophy without requiring patients to forgo curative care or to have a life
expectancy of six months or less.”

ABMS Mention: “According to the Post, about one-third of U.S. hospitals now offer
some form of palliative care, and last year the American Board of Medical Specialties
recognized palliative medicine as a specialized field.”

Story #2 (Arizona)
“Do Your Research Before Choosing a Plastic Surgeon”
Bob McClay
July 11, 2007

This article offers suggestions for choosing a plastic surgeon and includes a quote from
Dr. Stephen Miller as well as a mention of the ABMS Web site.

ABMS Mention: “‘That you learn about them through your own physician, through other
people that you know and trust that might have seen this particular person,’ suggests Dr.
Stephen Miller, president and CEO of the American Board of Medical Specialties in
Evanston, Illinois. He suggests taking a friend with you to sit on your talks with your
surgeon. Miller says, ‘plastic surgery is a big decision, so take time thinking things over
and don't rush to get the surgery until you're absolutely sure it's what you want.’”
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Story #3
The Commercial (Memphis, Tenn.)
“Family Health... Take Charge! Check up on your doctor via Internet, other resources”
July 30, 2007

This article details the importance of checking the credentials, service and skill of health
providers. It recommends using many of the free resources available on the Internet. is listed as the source for researching board certification. The article also
notes that many boards require continuing education to keep doctors aware of the latest
advances in their fields.

ABMS Mention: “Sources include membership lists (from hospitals, medical societies
and health plans); friends; the Tenn. State Medical Licensing Board
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ABMS Specialty Board Mention

Story #1
Wall Street Journal
“The Informed Patient: To Reduce Risks, Hospitals Enlist ‘Proceduralists’”
Laura Landro
July 11, 2007

This article is about hospitals creating special procedure services and new procedure-
training programs for medical residents. Teams of doctors known as proceduralists are
now available at some centers with special expertise in tunneling a catheter into a vein,
slicing an incision in the neck for an airway or plunging a needle into a patient’s back for
a spinal tap.

ABMS Specialty Board Mention: “Meanwhile, medical groups are also concluding that
the traditional method of training residents—known as “see one, do one, teach one”—is
dangerously inadequate. Eric Holmboe, senior vice president of evaluation and quality
research at the American Board of Internal Medicine, which certifies internists, says
the method doesn’t provide enough hands-on opportunities to practice skills, and relies
on doctors who aren’t necessarily expert themselves at doing procedures. Moreover, he
adds, patients shouldn’t be the subjects on which novice doctors practice their skills.

“Last year, the ABIM eliminated some of the more-complicated procedures formerly
required for certification—such as spinal taps—saying that internists should focus on a
core group of five procedures they can master in everyday practice, such as drawing
blood and performing PAP smears.”
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ABMS Related Issues

Story #1
The Charlotte Observer
“Reducing risks of surgery; Check to ensure the surgeon is well-trained and
Dr. John Masonis
July 2, 2007

This letter, from Dr. Masonis, is in response to an article titled “Knee replacement isn’t
guaranteed success,” which ran in the Charlotte Observer June 21. In his letter, Dr.
Masonis emphasizes the importance of researching your surgeon and making sure he/she
is board certified.

Story #2
Los Angeles Times
“How to find a good doctor”
Jan Greene
July 9, 2007

This article is about how to find a good doctor and emphasizes a new focus on providing
quality care as well as pleasing patients and notes how patients can now get more access
to information on their doctors and their practices. The article suggests that consumers
look for basic quality information about doctors and that this information can, in most
instances, be obtained from some insurers, state health officials and private companies
such as HealthGrades. The article also suggests that a few well-placed questions about
the way a doctor runs his or her practice can give consumers a sense of the type of
doctor-patient relationship they’ll have—and, to some degree, the quality of care they’ll

Story #3
The New York Times
Personal Health: “Finding Dr. Right for a Serious Diagnosis”
Jane Brody
July 10, 2007

This article is about what people should be aware of and look for when they get a
diagnosis of a life-threatening illness and want to find the doctors and hospitals that can
provide the best possible care. Not only do they want the right treatment, provided by a
medical expert in whom they can feel confident. They should also want a doctor who
treats them with respect, listens to their questions and concerns, and responds to them in
an appropriate and timely manner.
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Story #4
The Arizona Republic
“Board details findings in probe of liposuction deaths”
Michael Clancy and Jennifer Price
July 12, 2007

This article details the investigation of Dr. Peter Normann whose practice performed
liposuction procedures that led to the death of three patients. Dr. Normann’s Web site
indicates he is an experienced cosmetic surgeon, but his medical certification is in
internal medicine, and his specialty is listed as emergency medicine, according to state
medical board records.

Story #5
The Press Enterprise (Riverside, Calif.)
 “Three patients sue Inland plastic surgeon”
July 18, 2007
Lora Hines

Prior to publication, the reporter for this article contacted PCI for ABMS assistance in
confirming the board certification status of Dr. Borko Djordjevic, a plastic surgeon in
California accused of dishonesty, unprofessional conduct and negligence by the state
medical board.

The article reviews complaints made against Djordjevic. The Medical Board of California
states Djordjevic has two criminal convictions, perjured himself during a 2000
bankruptcy filing, failed to report his convictions to the medical board, neglected a
patient, made false statements, created false documents, failed to maintain adequate and
accurate medical records, and falsely advertised himself as board certified. The article
states that Djordjevic has been certified by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery
since 1994, according to board records. However, the state medical board doesn’t
recognize that as appropriate board certification.

Story #6
East Valley Tribune (East Valley, Ariz.)
“Shopping for the right doctor”
Ed Gately
July 22, 2007

This article is about searching for “Dr. Right.” The article recommends that consumers
select a physician by checking their licenses and various board certifications online at the
Arizona Medical Board’s Web site and the Arizona Board of Osteopathic Examiners’
Web site for osteopathic physicians.
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Story #7
United Press International
 “Do homework before getting surgery at mall”
July 27, 2007

In this news brief on the rise in cosmetic procedures performed by non-physicians, the
American Academy of Dermatology urges patients to select a board-certified physician
and to consider a doctor’s training and credentials before having a cosmetic procedure.

Story #8
USA Today
“The spotlight grows on outpatient surgery; Popularity carries risks, some say”
Mary Brophy Marcus
July 30, 2007

This article highlights the increase in outpatient surgeries and the growing importance for
patients to take an active role in their personal health. Consumers need to do their
research and ask questions prior to surgery to learn the benefits and drawbacks of non-
hospital-based surgery. Questions such as, “What are the qualifications of the people
who are going to care for me?” and “Will a certified anesthesiologist be on hand?” are

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