The Federation of State Medical Boards, state medical boards and court records are sources of information about complaints filed against doctors. Using a search engine to query the doctor’s name produces any unusual, legal or newsworthy information about him.
The Federation of State Medical Boards has a database, Docinfo.org, containing information about physicians, such as the physician’s medical school and year of graduation, location, alternate names and disciplinary actions taken against him.
State licensing boards provide information on whether the board has taken any disciplinary action against a particular physician. This information is accessible from their websites or by contacting the boards directly.
Court records help in finding out if there are any lawsuits filed against a particular physician. Patients can also look up information about lawsuits against physicians on sites such as Healthgrades.com. The information is only about the settled lawsuits, so a doctor with pending lawsuits may still appear to have a spotless record.