Fake doctor saw patients for weeks in ER...

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  3. by   roser13
    The reality is not quite as inflammatory as the posted headline/article. In reality, the impersonator never "saw" patients. While it is no doubt an issue that a medical student imposter was allowed access to the inner workings of the ER, it is not as if the imposter actually treated anyone.
  4. by   Gluteus Maximus
    How does such stupidity even happen? For two weeks nobody thought to question a stranger? And if he was truly a resident, how did nobody notice he didn't belong to any service?

    Sounds too bizarre to be true.
  5. by   ctmed
    Most floor staffs are a pretty tight knit bunch and everybody knows everybody. Not sure how this could happen..
  6. by   sharpeimom
    bizarre, but it can happen. i grew up in a small tightly knit town where we were all close and knew each other, or were related. a well respected older lady, whose late husband had been a well beloved surgeon, went on a cruise and came back with a big surprise... a gentleman friend! she was at least 80,
    and he was in his mid-forties. the initial attraction, i suspect, was that he was also a surgeon. he was
    divorced and wanted very much to relocate.

    the general reaction, after the good townsfolk collectively picked up their chins and their teeth, was that he was charming and a good addition to the medical staff. there was, of course, considerable discussion about the ... uh....er... um...age difference but they did love each other very much.

    his credentials checked out and very soon, he had a thriving practice and had been integrated into the community. years passed, they married, she died. he stayed and kept his practice active. a new cardiac surgeon came to town. he kept thinking this surgeon looked familiar, but couldn't place him.
    finally he realized how they knew each other.

    they had served in the same m*a*s*h unit in viet nam. the cardiac surgeon had been a young surgeon fresh out of residency and the other "surgeon" had been a medic. turns out he had borrowed someone's name and credentials, after they had been killed close to the front.

    that was over forty years ago when i was a teenager.
  7. by   stefanyjoy
    If you have ever been to Fayetteville this would not surprise you...
  8. by   oramar
    This has been going on for years and it shocks me that it still happens.
  9. by   gonzo1
    When my son was little we were informed by the police that one of the doctors at the office I was taking him to was a fraud (had been to a foreign medical school but dropped out).
    I was kind of sad to see him go though, because he always took good care of my son and gave the right meds.
    I think the director of the office knew he was not an MD but was letting him practice because he could pay him less. I'll never know for sure.
  10. by   Anisettes
    Ages ago I worked in a major teaching hospital in NYC and at report one morning we were told that under no circumstances were we allowed to accept a verbal order for enemas. Apparently, someone had over a period of several weeks, been calling and giving verbals orders for enemas. They never caught who did it, but it must have been someone AT the hospital since the caller ordered the enemas on people actually admitted and MD names of actual docs. You never know who you're talking to on the phone.
  11. by   Yummy Chocolate
    WOW!!! intersting
  12. by   shah
    You are talking about small towns? It happened in Houston's Medical Center about 6 years ago. A gentleman put on a white coat and went around giving vag exams to all female patients at a major, private teaching hospital, till someone got suspicious.

    That is when they started asking everyone for identity, even males in white coats.
  13. by   TheCommuter
    I definitely see how this can happen.

    Impostors, phonies, and fakes tend to come across as very likable and personable to the people that they encounter. In other words, phonies make wonderful first impressions. The general public tends to value extroverted people who are nice, confident, charismatic, and have the ability to make others feel glowing about themselves.

    I suspect that impostors are so popular and likable because a great personality can often mask the person's true lack of knowledge. For example, plenty of people complain that their real physicians are abrupt, with a dry personality and a cold bedside manner. Some of the truly brightest people do not possess good interpersonal skills, but some of the truly phoniest people have the best social skills ever.

    My point is that an impostor can blend into different settings like a chameleon, whereas other people would stand out like a sore thumb in those same places.
  14. by   CapeCodMermaid
    This has happened in many places. A well dressed man in a lab coat came into the nursing home. He had a medical bag with him and announced himself as the new podiatrist. He asked that all the female residents be brought into the hall from their rooms so he could check their feet. No one thought much of this since the last podiatrist had done things the same way. A staff member walked by as he was 'inspecting' the feet of one of the residents. Apparently, his 'inspection' included sniffing the foot and giving a foot massage. The staff member introduced herself and asked to see the doctor's ID. He scooped up his bag and ran out the front door. Turns out he was just a creepy man with a foot fetish!!! Always always ask to see someone's ID if you don't know who they are and why they are on your unit. If they are insulted, oh well. At least the patients will be safe.