Legal Part 3: So you’ve been sued

For most physicians, talk of court, lawyers, or subpoenas brings on a rush of anxiety. The medical and legal worlds can overlap in many ways. In this five part series, we’ll cover everything from the basics, to being a percipient or expert witness, to the dreaded malpractice lawsuits. Joining us as Guest Host, is Dr. John Rose, Professor of Emergency Medicine at UC Davis.

In the third episode of our series, we get into what we all dread – being sued. We explore the ins and outs of a malpractice lawsuit with Tom Doyle, a Partner at Schuering, Zimmerman & Doyle who has 40 years of experience in the field. 

Have you had to deal with a malpractice lawsuit? What advice to you have for others? Please share! Tag us on social media, @empulsepodcast, or reach out via email, or connect through our website, Encourage your friends and colleagues to listen and share their perspective, too!

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Dr. Julia Magaña, Associate Professor of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at UC Davis

Dr. Sarah Medeiros, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at UC Davis

Guest Host:

Dr. John Rose, Professor of Emergency Medicine and EMS Fellowship Director at UC Davis


Thomas J. Doyle, Partner at Schuering, Zimmerman & Doyle in Sacramento, CA.


1 in 3 physicians has been sued; by age 55, 1 in 2 hit with suit, by Kevin B. O’Reilly, News Editor, AMA

Getting Sued: A Resident’s Perspective (ACEP)

Malpractice Litigation Stress: Doctors Beware, presentation by Dr. Gillian Schmitz (ACEP)

Things I Want You to Know About Malpractice Litigation, by Dr. Stacia Dearmin, founder of Thrive, for the ACEP section American Association of Women Emergency Physicians 


Thank you to the UC Davis Department of Emergency Medicine for supporting this podcast and to Orlando Magaña at OM Productions for audio production services.

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