Medical Malpractice Ministry

A malpractice lawsuit can wreak havoc on a healthcare professional's family, career and emotional and spiritual wellbeing. The effects can be devastating. CMDA’s Medical Malpractice Ministry is available to intervene with prayer, educational resources and encouragement from a commission of doctors who have faced malpractice suits themselves.

Malpractice Stethascope
Philippians 4:6-7 ESV

Dear colleague and friend in Christ,

The fact you are looking at the Medical Malpractice Ministry website likely indicates you’re reaching out for moral support. You may be bewildered, angry, depressed, but as so often is said to humans in the Bible: “Fear not!” You have colleagues in Christian Medical & Dental Associations who understand your feelings, for we too have been through the valley of the shadow of death. Even more important to remember at this point in your life is: THE Great Physician conquered death. You will live through this bleak episode.

We as physicians seek evidence-based information. What you will find in this area of the web will instruct you on many of the legal processes you might undergo. Please do not take this information as legal gospel; you should work with your own attorney for legal advice. Follow your habits as a prudent physician treating a disease with which you are unfamiliar or a bit hazy: study as much information as you can find, analyze it, look for possible plans of diagnoses and treatments and seek advice from experienced physicians who have encountered such a disease.

You are not alone in your medico-legal ordeal. A majority of physicians are sued at least once in their professional careers. You may take care of your patient using the latest evidence and protocols, practicing at a board-certified level of competence, but something bad happened. Maybe you could have changed something, but that time is in the past. The present and future are more important: forgive (the patient and yourself), never forget and try another treatment option. Do not be too harsh with yourself. Most of your patients still trust you as their “doc.”

Should you wish to talk confidentially with someone who has traversed the same path as you appear to be traveling, please contact the Medical Malpractice Ministry. We wish to serve our Lord by helping you in whatever way we can. We can listen, encourage and occasionally remind you that you’re human—just like your patients and other physicians. You are not alone. We’ll pray with you to our awesome God, omniscient, omnipresent and ever-compassionate who sent His very own Son for us!

Someday, when you are back to walking in that bright Sonshine and the memories of the dark valley have faded, I hope you remember to help CMDA so we are able to help other hurting colleagues.

Peace be to you through Christ Jesus,

Wendy B. Kang, MD, JD
Chair, CMDA Medical Malpractice Ministry


Contact:

We would love to be in personal contact with you. Malpractice can isolate you from colleagues, friends and even family, but you can choose to mitigate that by calling the Malpractice Liaison and requesting contact with a colleague who has already been through malpractice. The purpose of the call is not to discuss your case (CMDA does not give legal advice), but to give you emotional and spiritual support. The Malpractice Commission members (your colleagues) will keep your conversations strictly confidential. They participate to lend a sympathetic ear and to encourage and pray with you.

Medical Malpractice Ministry
P.O. Box 7500 • Bristol, TN 37621
888-230-2637

Specific Resources

Our audio, visual and/or print resources are specifically designed to offer you support as you go through a malpractice lawsuit. These are only just a small selection of the resources available through CMDA, so please visit www.cmda.org/resources for more information.

Malpractice & Personal Impact by Curtis E. Harris, MD JD
Malpractice & Personal Impact

By, Curtis E. Harris, MD, JD 

About This Resource

This powerpoint from CMDA Member Curtis E. Harris, MD, JD offers support and information for healthcare professionals facing malpractice lawsuits. The opinions expressed in these materials by Dr. Harris are his own and do not reflect those of CMDA. You should always seek to corroborate the information with your independent research, your own legal counsel and with your heart through the Holy Bible.

Curtis E. Harris, MD, JD is the Chief of Endocrinology for the Chickasaw Indian Nation and Director of the Chickasaw Nation Diabetes Care Center. Dr. Harris received a Juris Doctorate from the Oklahoma City University School of Law in 1994 and is a specialist in medical law. Dr. Harris founded the CMDA Medical Malpractice Ministry in 1995, and has personally counseled more than 400 healthcare professionals who have been sued for malpractice or have had other practice-related legal problems.

Opting Out of Medicare by Curtis E. Harris, MD, JD
Opting Out of Medicare
By, Curtis E. Harris, MD, JD
About This Resource

This powerpoint from CMDA Member Curtis E. Harris, MD, JD offers information about opting out of medicare for healthcare professionals facing malpractice lawsuits. The opinions expressed in these materials by Dr. Harris are his own and do not reflect those of CMDA. You should always seek to corroborate the information with your independent research, your own legal counsel and with your heart through the Holy Bible.

Curtis E. Harris, MD, JD is the Chief of Endocrinology for the Chickasaw Indian Nation and Director of the Chickasaw Nation Diabetes Care Center. Dr. Harris received a Juris Doctorate from the Oklahoma City University School of Law in 1994 and is a specialist in medical law. Dr. Harris founded the CMDA Medical Malpractice Ministry in 1995, and has personally counseled more than 400 healthcare professionals who have been sued for malpractice or have had other practice-related legal problems.

Malpractice Articles

Articles originally published in CMDA's Today's Christian Doctor are designed to offer information to help as you face a malpractice lawsuit.

Morality in Malpractice

The malpractice crisis has been with us for three years. In 1974 insurance premiums jumped by nearly 200 percent, and each year since then they have risen higher.
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Opinion Letter

I do not carry malpractice in­surance. Originally I decided not to carry it simply because I could not afford it. Now, how­ever, I practice uninsured as a matter of principle.
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Is the Law to Blame?

As a lawyer presenting his case to physicians, I feel a bit defensive. The attitude of many people in our society is reflected in a recent bumper sticker - "Support your local lawyer, send your son to medical school."
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Physicians Can Heal the Hurt

Malpractice rises before the physician as an imminent bar­rier to his life work. The issues of malpractice touch him as a self-employed businessman, as a professional and as a person.
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A Thorn in the Flesh

I worked in a lumber yard while in college, and a number of times I got slivers in my hands. The slivers were often so irritating that I would be consumed with the thought of removing them, and at times I would have to stop work to rid myself of the irritation.
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The Relationship of the Ongoing Malpractice Crisis

Israel was a spreading vine He brought forth, fruit for himself. As his fruit increased, he built more altars; as his land prospered, he adorned his sacred stones.
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Fear of Malpractice

Because a malpractice suit can be personally devastating, it is essential that we share our concerns and fears to avoid the nameless, unreasoning, and unjustified terror that can paralyze our mission to be light in a darkened world.
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Understanding Malpractice

Here's what often causes lawsuits and what you can do to avoid themFor doctors, nothing is more sobering than receiving notification that you are being sued.
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The Journey: A Spiritual View

Much has been written about the subject of malprac­tice, but very little attention has been paid to the emotional and spiritual impact of a suit on the life of the physician who is sued.
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So You’ve Made a Mistake: Now What?

A Christian physician pours her heart and soul into her practice. Christ is the model, the Great Physician, who healed both body and soul.
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Feeling the Passion

I reported early for my shift in the emergency department as a nurse was fin­inshing her coffee at the front desk. Thumbing throught the morning newspaper she stopped and said, "Hey Pat, I didn't know you were getting sued!"
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Malpractice Pain

The pain of a malpractice suit can test your limits, threatening all you hold dear. For some, th is experience is devasating-personally, relationally, professionally-regardless how the case is resolved.
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Joy Cometh in the Morning

I still don't know how I made it through the remainder of the day, or how my shak­ing hands were able to suture the next patient's laceration. Instantly, the joy was gone from my life.
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Making Truth-Telling Your Practice

Sixty years of hiding the truth taught this doctor a very hard lesson.
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Are We Safer from Malpractice?

He was shocked at the attorney's letter. A patient who had seemed pleased with her care was suing him for reckless and wanton negligent care.
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