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Medical Malpractice Lawsuits and Medical School Choices May Be Linked

Researchers may have found a link between where a doctor attended medical school and the predictability that they will be sued for medical malpractice. The study appeared in a Quality and Safety in Health Care and analyzed medical malpractice claims against 30,000 some doctors practicing in Florida, Maryland, and Louisiana between 1990 and 1997. It was observed that certain schools were much likely to have alumni named in medical malpractice claims while others appeared on the opposite side of the spectrum.

A health economist at a health research group has studied the relationship between medical school attendance, residency, and medical malpractice cases and found doctors who attended highly ranked schools in the top 25% for U.S. programs and the top 10% for international programs got sued far less often than those attending less well-regarded schools.

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