1. Dismiss Notice
  2. Download free Tapatalk for iPhone or Tapatalk for Android for your phone and follow the SDN forums with push notifications.
    Dismiss Notice
Dismiss Notice
Visit Interview Feedback to view and submit interview information.

The story of Eric Scheffey, MD; good read for doctors to be

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by 63768, Nov 22, 2005.

  1. 63768

    63768 Guest
    2+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2005
    Messages:
    2,202
    Likes Received:
    4
    Status:
    Medical Student
    http://www.namss.org/ContentStore/dboard/Texas%20Monthly%20-%20Scheffey.pdf

    this was printed in the sept 2005 issue of texas monthly. this story opened my eyes to the dark side of medicine or when a doctor goes bad. i'm sure we've read about quacks, but this really hit home, seeing as how i'm a future orthopod, live in houston, and see patients with a lot of these ailments.

    warning: it's quite lengthy but still good.
     
  2. Note: SDN Members do not see this ad.

  3. Dr2010

    Dr2010 Senior Member
    5+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2005
    Messages:
    187
    Likes Received:
    0
    Status:
    Pre-Medical

    wow
     
  4. MarzMD

    5+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Jul 7, 2005
    Messages:
    1,148
    Likes Received:
    3
    Status:
    Medical Student
    Words cant describe how sick that is. I cant believe that was really allowed to go on for so long.
     
  5. Gavanshir

    10+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Sep 25, 2005
    Messages:
    728
    Likes Received:
    79
    Status:
    Resident [Any Field]
  6. studentstudent

    studentstudent Senior Member
    5+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Jul 30, 2005
    Messages:
    124
    Likes Received:
    0
    Sounds like horror stories from other not-so-developed countries.
     
  7. Dr2010

    Dr2010 Senior Member
    5+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2005
    Messages:
    187
    Likes Received:
    0
    Status:
    Pre-Medical
    what is even crazier, is that he seems so smug about his actions, as if the people under his errant bone saw were just practice and its ok for him to mess up here and there.

    Oh, and they should look into the physician's who gave second opinions to this guy, what were they driving after they signed his papers?!?! let the conspiracy theories ensue.
     
  8. CTSballer11

    CTSballer11 Senior Member
    5+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2005
    Messages:
    717
    Likes Received:
    3
    Status:
    Pre-Medical
    really sad. I cannot believe the guy still has a thriving practice. I guess in medicine these days business skills are far more important than the surgical skill etc. Scary scary stuff.
     
  9. Turkeyman

    Turkeyman Trickster Poultry
    5+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Dec 26, 2004
    Messages:
    1,164
    Likes Received:
    1
  10. neovenom

    neovenom Member
    5+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Sep 29, 2005
    Messages:
    70
    Likes Received:
    1
    Status:
    Pre-Medical
    just horrible. and the bad part is that i'm sure there are others out there like him.
     
  11. Labslave

    Labslave Senior Member
    10+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2005
    Messages:
    718
    Likes Received:
    0
    Status:
    Resident [Any Field]
    This story reminds me of that doctor from the book Complications who botched a long series of surgeries. I thought the book gave some useful insight into what makes good doctors/surgeons go down a spiraling path into the great beyond...although I doubt this guy was ever a 'good' surgeon.
     
  12. Dr2010

    Dr2010 Senior Member
    5+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2005
    Messages:
    187
    Likes Received:
    0
    Status:
    Pre-Medical
    and on a totally tangential note...there was a great movie with Jimmy Stewart who was on the lam for killing his wife during surgery, he was part of the circus and was a clown...permanently, it sounds stupid, but man movies back then.

    For those interested, the movie is called " The greatest show on earth" Check it out.
     
  13. AcousticDoc

    AcousticDoc Senior Member
    5+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Apr 23, 2005
    Messages:
    142
    Likes Received:
    0
    was that the surgeon who loved his job so much that he wouldn't quit even when he has lost his skills from old age (haven't read that book in ahwile)?
     
  14. Mutt

    Mutt SDN Donor
    7+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2004
    Messages:
    588
    Likes Received:
    6
    What happened to pages 8 and 9?

    They seem to be cut off....?
     
  15. CuddlyKumquat

    CuddlyKumquat simply scrumpcious
    5+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2004
    Messages:
    440
    Likes Received:
    0
    Holy Crap. I feel like im reading fiction here. :scared:
     
  16. riceman04

    10+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2005
    Messages:
    8,505
    Likes Received:
    1
    Status:
    Medical Student

    Something like that was actually discussed in complications. It is interesting that that guy was an ortho as well.
     
  17. Pretty POHA

    5+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2005
    Messages:
    1,546
    Likes Received:
    0
    Status:
    Pre-Medical
    Yikes!!!!! Please tell me none of us will be horrible like that!
     
  18. 63768

    63768 Guest
    2+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2005
    Messages:
    2,202
    Likes Received:
    4
    Status:
    Medical Student
    while similar to the story in complications, the hospital was able to curb his workaholism. with dr. scheffey, nothing stopped him and he could continue hurting his patients.
     
  19. CTSballer11

    CTSballer11 Senior Member
    5+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2005
    Messages:
    717
    Likes Received:
    3
    Status:
    Pre-Medical
    I believe the guy in complications was once a "competent" surgeon. I think that surgeon got his act together and is operating again.
     
  20. willow18

    10+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2005
    Messages:
    588
    Likes Received:
    3
    Status:
    Attending Physician
  21. humuhumu

    humuhumu nukunuku apua'a
    7+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2005
    Messages:
    953
    Likes Received:
    1
    Status:
    Resident [Any Field]
    What a spectacular combination of greed, incompetence, hubris, and moral callousness....
     
  22. BaylorGuy

    BaylorGuy Enter witty comment here
    7+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2005
    Messages:
    1,925
    Likes Received:
    0
    Yourmom, I definitely read that article when that issue of Texas Monthly came out. I wound up searching more on the internet and found out more horrible info about Scheffey. Its really creepy
     
  23. deuist

    deuist Stealthfully Sarcastic
    Physician Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 10+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2004
    Messages:
    4,410
    Likes Received:
    291
    Status:
    Attending Physician
  24. 63768

    63768 Guest
    2+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2005
    Messages:
    2,202
    Likes Received:
    4
    Status:
    Medical Student
    wow. just wow.
     
  25. letmein!please?

    letmein!please? Senior Member
    5+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Nov 24, 2005
    Messages:
    117
    Likes Received:
    0
    Status:
    Pre-Medical
    I definitely saw the cocaine thing coming... pretty sad. Im just shocked it went on for as long as it did. If a professional criminal starts selling tv's for coke, they do something stupid and get arrested. If a mechanic starts botching cars for coke, he gets fired or arrested. But a surgeon, who would suspect a surgeon? Thats the most scary part of the article for me.
     
  26. jbone

    jbone Herro!
    7+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2005
    Messages:
    2,274
    Likes Received:
    2
    Status:
    Resident [Any Field]
    Scary shiz :eek: . If that happened to me I would beat his a$$. :mad:
    (unless I was dead that is :( )
     
  27. Jeannie O

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2014
    Messages:
    1
    Likes Received:
    0
    OMG! This man did surgery on me when I was a teenager. My parenrs would have never allowed this if they knew then what we know now.
     
  28. wiloghby

    wiloghby Perpetually interviewing
    5+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2012
    Messages:
    582
    Likes Received:
    337
    Status:
    Medical Student
    I'm glad you're okay and are now considering a career in medicine. You can be the doctor this guy never could.

    In case anyone is having problems with the links being expired/ancient, this seems to be the new link to the same article:

    http://www.texasmonthly.com/content/dr-evil
     
  29. Awesome Sauceome

    Awesome Sauceome SDN Gold Donor
    Gold Donor Classifieds Approved 2+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2013
    Messages:
    3,104
    Likes Received:
    2,648
    Status:
    Medical Student (Accepted)

    He must have been one smooooooth MOFO to be able to keep practicing like that, on meeting the guy would you say so?
     

Share This Page