shadowing

Discussion in 'Medical Students - MD' started by ocean_doc, May 19, 2000.

  1. I have had many pre-meds ask me this question: "Is it a conflict of interest to be shadowing one's own physician?"

    I think this: It really depends on the doctor. I personally have known patients that have shadowed their own doctors.

    What do you think?

    Thanks for your opinions.
     
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  3. gp

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    I think it is also partly up to the student as well. I don't think it needs to be automatically ruled out. It depends on how both feel about how the interaction will affect the doctor-patient relationship.

    In my case, I will be a medical student next year at the university where I have my health plan now. It turns out that the nurse practitioner I see on a regular basis teaches a portion of the physical exam course.

    In addition, many of my personal friends also get their health care at the same university. I definitely don't want to know my friends that well and would excuse myself/not read their records if it came up. Likewise, I would feel uncomfortable allowing any of my classmates assist on any visits I have.
     
  4. Dr JPH

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    My own personal belief is that if a person were to shadow there own physician it would only be a conflict of interest, or an uncomfortable situation, if both parties ALLOWED it to be. If you are a person who is intending to go to medical school, then it is assumed that you possess a level of maturity beyond that of your age (for younger students, anyway). With this belief, I think a physician and a patient can maintain a professional relationship as well as maintaining the patient/doctor relationship when it is necessary to play those roles.
    Point is, if you don't look at it as being a big deal, then it probably won't be. Speak with your doctor about the concerns.
    Then again, that's just my opinion.

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