What follows is an email exchange, copied unedited and in its entirety:
Super Doctors is a consumer tool for assisting in choosing doctors. As
you have noted, one does not choose one's emergency doctor. Radiologists
and pathologists are two other examples of that type of doctor.
Plummer__________________________Marilyn PlummerAdvertising Projects Managermplummer@texasmonthly.com512-320-6976
Texas Monthly :
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Austin, TX 78767
I am a physician practicing in the state of Texas, and I recentlyreceived your ballot soliciting nominations for the Texas Super Doctors2007 edition of Texas Monthly. As I read the document, I was dismayedto find that the category of "Emergency Medicine" did not appear on thelist of specialties.As a Board certified, residency trained, practicing emergency physician,I feel that this is an injustice. I am the Secretary/Treasurer of theAmerican College of Emergency Physicians, which represents 24,000practicing emergency physicians across the nation, including some 1500emergency physicians in Texas. Emergency physicians had 114 millionpatient visits across the country in 2005. Emergency physicians inTexas averaged 8,671 patient visits (each) in that same year. Youroversight is a slight to my specialty.
I realize that patients often don't have a choice of emergencyphysician, since they frequently seek care from the closest facility.However, forty percent of all inpatient admissions to the hospital originate in the emergency department. We are taking care of all theother physicians'patients at night, on the weekends, on holidays, and any other time that a patient can't see their doctor in the office. As a former president of the Texas Chapter of the American College ofEmergency Physicians (TCEP), I can attest to that fact that there are certainly "Super Doctors" performing minor miracles every day in the emergency departments across Texas.
Some of them include:
Diana Fite, MD ( Houston)
Arlo Weltge, MD, FACEP (Houston)
Brian Nelson, MD, PhD, FACEP (El Paso)
Andrea Green, MD, FACEP (Arlington)
Brian Zachariah, MD, FACEP (UTMB - Galveston)
David Morgan, MD, FACEP(Temple)
Please consider adding a category to your Ballot to honor these finephysicians and their specialty.
Angela Fulgham Gardner, MD, FACEP
Further investigation proved very interesting. Once nominated, the doctor is given an opportunity to purchase a full page, half page, or smaller page for publicizing their selection. Doctors not choosing to participate in the full color, glossy pages are listed in a simple list at the end of the magazine.
Is the public really being served by this mechanism, or is this just a way to bring in dollars to the magazine? I would suggest that if the magazine really wanted a fair accounting of quality, they would use something other than the ability to purchase advertising in their selection of the best doctors in Texas.
And just for the record…………..emergency physicians have no resemblance to pathologists. We have a long way to go in educating the public……………