Dr Gregory Brammer
In his work with BrammerMD, which was founded in August 2015, Dr. Gregory Brammer provides physician-led medical legal consultation. Furthermore, he has worked as a Physician Consultant for a number of patient advocate independent law firms during his career. As such, he is acutely aware of many of the medico-legal issues that junior doctors regularly face, which include all of the following.
Junior doctors should never feel as though they are being pressured to do anything that they believe is beyond their scope of experience or current levels of confidence. Trying to gain consent for procedures that do not fall into your range of expertise falls into this category, as you will be unable to provide all of the information that patients require before being able to provide consent. Ask more experienced colleagues to do this if you feel uncomfortable.
Patients must be able to trust that their doctors will keep personal information confidential, so it is crucial that junior physicians understand the responsibilities that come with having access to such sensitive details. You have both legal and ethical duties to keep this information confidential, unless patients consent to disclosure or it is required by law.
Dr. Gregory Brammer recognizes that many patient complaints and issues arise from poor prescribing methodology, so it is crucial that junior doctors pay special attention to any prescriptions they make. Pay particular attention to dosages, while also taking patient allergies and existing medications into account. It is also crucial that you maintain strong knowledge on the legislation and protocols surrounding the drugs you prescribe.