Can doctors write a 'doctors note' to excuse them from rounds/work?

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Just curious.
 

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AStudent said:
Just curious.
This is awesome!! Its like, well, i have a note from my pcp that says i have a very contagious disease and cant come in. Shoot, sorry guys. Haha.

I think that, since most docs arent really employed by anyone, you kind of run your own schedule (ie: little oversight). If you call in sick everyday and your patients dont get care, they'll just go elsewhere.


On a similar (maybe) note, I know a lot of doctors who write fake injury notes for their children to get them out of gym class, or to get them special treatment. I still havent decided if this is okay or not.
 

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Aristotle said:
My dad's a doctor and I never got a note to get out of gym. :(
that sux....why else would you want your parent to be a doc?? :confused: :confused:
 

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actually i was at my friend's place and she was doing her rounds and all she had to do was call in and say "i'm sick" they don't mind because they don't want to make their patients sick. so they're pretty lenient about it. but i do wonder about speeding tickets and stuff. "i'm about to deliver a baby" .. haha, that'd be awesome.
 

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AStudent said:
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isn't it unethical for a physician to diagnose/treat himself and family?
 
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So if you had a sick 3 year old girl at home you wouldn't run out to get her cough medicine, despite being a doctor?.......please tell me you're not a parent yet :rolleyes:

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isn't it unethical for a physician to diagnose/treat himself and family?
 

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AStudent said:
So if you had a sick 3 year old girl at home you wouldn't run out to get her cough medicine, despite being a doctor?.......please tell me you're not a parent yet :rolleyes:
i did not mean to infer that i would uphold these rules- i am not sure right now, but actually it was my family doc who told me this while i was shadowing him. He told me his girl was sick and he was having her come in to see one of his collegues. That is who originally told me that it was technically unethical. I was just wondering if anyone else had heard this.
 

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The law says that you must be objective when you're practicing medicine. The question of whether it's ethical or even legal to treat yourself or your family stems from the fact that you can't possibly be objective. Realistically, I don't think anybody has every raised an eyebrow over antibiotics or cough syrup. Boards get their panties in a wad when you take your scalpel or narcotics pad out for your mom.

When you think about it, though, it's prolly not even a good idea to give someone anything if you aren't 100% sure you know everything about their care. They could be on meds for something embarrassing that they don't want to talk about and you don't want to be writing a script for something that'll interact. You just can't maintain that professionalism with your own family.
 

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what about medical marijauna? can you write it off for yourself or for a friend?
 
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Not unless you live in California.

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what about medical marijauna? can you write it off for yourself or for a friend?
 

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virilep said:
but i do wonder about speeding tickets and stuff. "i'm about to deliver a baby" .. haha, that'd be awesome.
I know a doctor who did this, and not only did he get out of the ticket, but the cop actually put on his lights and siren and escorted him to the hospital. So it can work, though I don't think I'd ever have the guts to try it myself. Actually, this guy is pretty lucky about getting out of tickets; another time, he got out of one because when the cop pulled him over and he went to look for his license, he couldn't find it. So he called his wife to ask her if he'd left it at home, and she started yelling at him over the phone because he'd tracked mud into the house the previous night. The cop felt sorry for him and let him go. :laugh:
 

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i think a more interesting and urgent question is: can doctors treat themselves or close friends by writing creative prescriptions? example: "nurse, this man is desperately lonely! he needs a prostitute, stat! and he's allergic to redheads! hurry, dammit. he's fading fast!"

(joke)
 

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Aristotle said:
My dad's a doctor and I never got a note to get out of gym. :(

Why the heck would you want to get out of gym class, that was the best class ever!
 

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Closing old thread.
 
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