aldol16

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HIPAA basically prohibits giving out identifying information about the patient. A first name is fine unless somebody could, based on that first name and the story you tell, figure out exactly who you're talking about.
 

studentdocftw

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If you are concerned why not go with "There was an incredible patient I had the opportunity to interact with..".
 

Ismet

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1. It's HIPAA.
2. As said above, a first name is not a HIPAA violation.
3. It's not childish to use a pseudonym. Happens all the time in personal statements.
4. It's not necessary to even name the patient.
 

Catalystik

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It has happened during an interview that an adcomm recognized a relative being described from the information given about an "anonymous" patient's rare medical situation. Don't let that happen.