Many doctors aren't experienced in even the routine procedures they perform, according to an analysis of New York data by the Center for Medical Consumers, New York. For example, one-half of all colonoscopies in New York hospitals in 2001 were performed by physicians who did the procedure just once. And about one in every four doctors who performed mastectomies did so just once in 2001, the center said. The analysis underscores the need for the state to limit the number of hospitals that can perform certain surgeries so physicians acquire more experience, said Arthur Levin, director of the advocacy group. "Intuitively, wouldn't you feel that the more experience the better?" Levin said. "While we admit we have no hard evidence (that low volume translates to bad outcomes), we also don't have any study that shows more experience is bad for you." -- by Michael Romano
Many docs do procedures with scant practice: study
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