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Personal Statement/HIPAA Question

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by soccerusa, May 15, 2014.

  1. soccerusa

    soccerusa 5+ Year Member

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    I had a quick question as I am finishing up my personal statement. I plan to discuss a patient encounter I observed while working in the emergency room. Is it acceptable to use a first name of a patient when discussing the encounter?
     
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  3. Ismet

    Ismet PGY-fun! Administrator Physician 5+ Year Member

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    No. Change the name or refer to them as "the patient," and be careful about other PHI.
     
  4. soccerusa

    soccerusa 5+ Year Member

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    So maybe I should have been more clear. I meant that I had picked a random name but how do I make sure that readers know that it is not the real name? I thought about using quotes but that seemed a little weird especially in the first line or two of the essay?
     
  5. Ismet

    Ismet PGY-fun! Administrator Physician 5+ Year Member

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    Use quotes. I see it all the time in personal statements, it is understood what you are trying to do.
     
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  6. NickNaylor

    NickNaylor Thank You for Smoking Physician Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 7+ Year Member

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    Another alternative would be to simply use made up initials. Gets the point across without having to use quotes.


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  7. Goro

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    Just make up a name.

     

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