Doctor, You’ve Been Served (Not in a Dance-Off), Part 1, with Gita Pensa, MD

Dr. Gita Pensa is an Associate Professor with the Brown University Emergency Medicine Residency. She joined Brown’s academic faculty in 2014, after thirteen years in community emergency medicine practice. In 2015, she launched Brown EM’s educational blog as well as the Brown EM podcast series. She created and serves as host/editor of AEM Early Access, a collaborative podcasting project from the Academic Emergency Medicine journal and the Brown EM residency. Dr. Pensa is Associate Director of Brown’s Emergency Digital Health Innovation program, and co-developed Brown’s new Digital Health and Innovation fellowship program.

We start out discussing her decade long lawsuit and how this affected her psyche, her practice, and her marriage.  Victor Frankl would be proud as she turned her tumultuous experience into a way to help others through an extremely well executed, engaging, and educational podcast, “Doctors and Litigation: The L Word”. It is a narrative-style series about the psychological and practical preparation for malpractice litigation, and she speaks nationally on the topic of malpractice litigation. We talk about whether we’d be willing to be friends with a personal injury attorney and her answer was surprising. However, expert witnesses are a different story. Unfounded lawsuits couldn’t happen without them, and they are supposedly one of us. If you are named in a lawsuit, we discuss all the players and how to comport yourself to improve your outcome. Theatrics often trump the medicine in this situation.

Find her on twitter at @GitaPensaMD

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