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He attended public schools in Brooklyn, scoring a perfect 1600 on the SAT, and graduated as class valedictorian from James Madison High School, in 1967.

First elected in 1998, he defeated three-term Republican incumbent Al D'Amato 55% to 44%.

Missing consent forms are a common occurrence, but though that doesn't always delay surgery, hospital faculty don't always have confidence if it's a resident who eventually gets the consent, researchers found.

Consent forms were missing from the charts for two-thirds of patients who arrived in preop (66%), resulting in delayed operation start times in 14% of cases, Elliott Haut, MD, of Johns Hopkins Hospital, and colleagues reported online in .

Most hospital faculty (70%) also said that they believed that patients preferred to be asked for consent by their surgeon rather than a resident.

The authors said informed consent is "the most important conversation that patients have with their surgeons, allowing for autonomy and informed decision making." Despite the discussion's importance, they cautioned that informing patients can suffer "numerous structural and logistical faults" that can delay care, increase patient anxiety, and frustrate faculty."The suggestion that a signature on an informed consent form is holding up surgery and pulling residents away from other activities is a matter of great importance," noted Peter Angelos, MD, Ph D, associate director of the Mac Lean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago."If we believe that informed consent is an important concept and principle of ethics and patient care, we should take that process very seriously and figure out ways to streamline the process for patients and residents," he told The study offered a single-center look at the burden missing consent forms placed on work flow through an assessment of 137 patients' operations.