Skip to main content.

doctor oversight

Picture of William Heisel

Dan Wood, the new PIO at California's Medical Board, isn't fazed by reporters' questions. After all, he used to ask the same ones.

Picture of William Heisel

What do medical board information officers do, anyway? Antidote blogger William Heisel interviews a former journalist who's the new point man for the California Medical Board.

Picture of William Heisel

It’s crazy enough that some states make certain records public while other states ban them from public view. Even crazier: in some states, every county has a different set of rules. Here's how one journalist coped.

Picture of William Heisel

To show the value of making death records public, I'm asking health writers nationwide to join my quest to request death certificates from all 50 states. 

Picture of William Heisel

When is a story important enough to warrant reporting on a cause of death? Do the deaths of famous people open an opportunity to raise public awareness about medical errors or other health threats? What about the person next door?

Picture of William Heisel

Medicare is taking steps to make its database public to health insurers and other groups. Why aren't journalists included?

Picture of William Heisel

Even a decade behind bars does not seem a fair punishment for snuffing out the King of Pop. Dr. Conrad Murray likely only serve two years for his role in Michael Jackson's death.

Picture of William Heisel

Should doctors be checked for competence as they age, as elderly drivers are? A negligence case involving a 75-year-old obstetrician raises some tough questions.

Picture of William Heisel

Victims of bad physician behavior everywhere are rubbing their eyes in disbelief today after Dr. Conrad Murray's conviction in the death of Michael Jackson. Here are five lessons from the case for regulatory agencies, prosecutors, patient advocates and journalists.

Picture of Barbara Feder Ostrov

Long before Conrad Murray was brought to trial for his role in Michael Jackson's death, Antidote blogger William Heisel reported extensively on the now-convicted doctor and his use of the sedative propofol. Check out his previous work here.



Got a great idea for a reporting project on the health of underserved communities in California or on the performance of the state's health and social safety nets?  We're offering reporting grants of $2,000 to $10,000, plus six months of mentoring, to up to eight individual journalists, newsrooms or cross-newsroom collaboratives.  Deadline to apply:  September 20.


Follow Us



CHJ Icon