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    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.
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    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.
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    Most floor staffs are a pretty tight knit bunch and everybody knows everybody. Not sure how this could happen..
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    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.
    MassED, fludddwrn, leslie :-D, and 10 others like this.
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    If you have ever been to Fayetteville this would not surprise you...
    dreamon likes this.
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    This has been going on for years and it shocks me that it still happens.
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    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.
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    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.
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    WOW!!! intersting

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