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BG Check/Drug Test

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by DrZhivago49, Apr 18, 2007.

  1. DrZhivago49

    DrZhivago49 2+ Year Member

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    Reading other pre-allo posts it has come to my attention that some schools do background checks. Additionally, a friend of mine said that his DO school required a drug test.

    I am curious if anyone knows if both of these checks are standard?

    Personally, it does not matter, but I was impressed to learn of the measures that schools take before admitting a student!
     
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  3. rowdyrock

    rowdyrock Member 2+ Year Member

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    hmmm, I would also like to know the answer to this. I have this friend who occasionally tokes who is about to start med school..
     
  4. pennybridge

    pennybridge Banned Banned

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    oh you have a friend, do you?:p
     
  5. TMP-SMX

    TMP-SMX Senior Member Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

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    :laugh:
     
  6. GreenShirt

    GreenShirt 10+ Year Member

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    BG check pretty standard. It's more b/c the clinical sites you go to can't employ criminals, so the school can't admit someone they can't send to a hospital.
     
  7. stiffany

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    Personally, if I was a school administrator about to enroll someone who will have direct access to patients, medications, and the like I would want to know if they had a propensity to use the harder drugs and also if they had any violent crimes in their past record both from a potential liability standpt (as we're beginning to see with the Virginia Tech tragedy) and as an issue of morality in the case of more egregious violations that would show up in a background check. Pot I'm not sure I would care about so much (since I've known people who do pot that seem perfectly "normal" and caring) and because it's not in the same league as the addicting, hallucinogenic, or otherwise "scary" drugs such as PCP and cocaine.
     
  8. inside_edition

    inside_edition Waitlisted Member 2+ Year Member

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    does it matter that i'll be smoking legally outside of North America before I matriculate? it will still show up on a test but there's no way i'd get in trouble at the place i'll be visiting.
     
  9. stiffany

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    I'd check into ways to get it out of your system that are legitimate/do it with enough time to where it's out of your system by the time you have to offer that urine test just in case.
     
  10. FenderHM

    FenderHM Where there's a will... 7+ Year Member

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    except that opiate and coca based drugs aren't lipid soluble and only show up on a tox screen if you've done them within 2-3 days of test. LSD is only detectable with a LP I think?

    OP I think at MD med schools tox screens are the exception more than the rule, and they'll have to let you know so if you need to you can abstain, drink water, and exercise/sweat/burn fat to remove all toxins from your body
     
  11. Wanna_B_Scutty

    Wanna_B_Scutty MS1 2+ Year Member

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    Lol... Amesterdam? Have fun! (so jealous). :D

    But yeah, like stiffany said, you're going to want to make sure that you can pass a drug test once you get back in the states. Even if you have plane tickets to the country in question, a positive test is still going to inevitably be a paperwork and bureaucratic nightmare. :rolleyes: They might very well decide to require you to attend substance abuse classes and do follow-up drug testing just to cover their own a$$es from a liability and legal point of view. :scared:

    Bottom line: don't be stupid about this. Can you move your vacation further up in the calendar so that your system will be all flushed by the time it's drug-testing time?
     
  12. Law2Doc

    Law2Doc 5K+ Member Physician Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

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    If your school requires you to pass a drug test, you have to pass the drug test. There are no exceptions for folks who smoked outside the country where it was legal. If you are accepted to a school that tests, you are gonna have to abstain for however long it takes to test clean. A small price to pay for a career. This isn't a presidency, it's med school.:)
     
  13. Tired Pigeon

    Tired Pigeon 7+ Year Member

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    If you're referring to Amsterdam (just a wild guess), it's technically illegal there too - the law just isn't enforced.
     
  14. Wanna_B_Scutty

    Wanna_B_Scutty MS1 2+ Year Member

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    :lol: :lol: :bow:
     
  15. inside_edition

    inside_edition Waitlisted Member 2+ Year Member

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    i don't want to specify the place (i want to stay anonymous on sdn) but it's in a third world country.

    i'm not too concerned about a possible drug test because I'm skinny and have very low body fat. moreover, i'll be exercising a lot of cardio this summer. so i doubt the THC will stay in my system for a long time.
     
  16. Law2Doc

    Law2Doc 5K+ Member Physician Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

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    You go on believing that.:laugh: It's not like very muscular professional athletes ever get caught on drug tests.
     
  17. ggman

    ggman 2+ Year Member

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    really?!? don't they even have a program now where farmers can grow it legally?
     
  18. inside_edition

    inside_edition Waitlisted Member 2+ Year Member

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    i was basing it on the fact that when you exercise, there is some fat mobilization. so whenever that happens, some THC that's already been dissolved in the fat stores is also released and metabolized/broken down. low body fat and lots of exercise can decrease the chances for testing positive.

    take what i'm saying with a grain of salt because i don't know much about toxicology/time it takes for stuff to be removed from the system.
     
  19. Law2Doc

    Law2Doc 5K+ Member Physician Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

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    I sure wouldn't risk a career on that theory.
     
  20. sejin8642

    sejin8642 5+ Year Member

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    here in sdn, a friend is a pronoun for I.
     

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