Fellow SDNers, Awhile back I observed a situation that really got me thinking. One of my female colleagues (M3) described to me a very upsetting encounter with a male patient. This guy was fairly young (maybe late 20s), I can't even remember why he was in house but it was nothing to serious. Anyway, she had gone in to do her initial H/P and he told her that she was "fine looking" as he carressed her face. At first read, it's kind of funny. Then again, it's harrassment. If a doc had done something like this to a female pt the fires of Hell would be brought down on his head. Since the dude actually touched the woman, it strikes me as different than the typical 65 year-old crusty VA patient talking about how pretty his medical student is. Would the hospital ever have any recourse to discipline such a patient? Assuming he was medically stable could they inform him that he must seek care elsewhere? Could he be barred from further elective admission? I know in the scheme of things it's not THAT big of deal and most of my female colleagues have probably had some similar experience. But we as medical students have to sit through hours and hours of discussion about "professionalism." Are we allowed to demand that patients hold up their end of the bargain?* AB * I realize that in certain settings (ED, psych, etc) a standard of pt behavior could never be enforced. I'm basically asking about non-emergent conditions/situations.