Do you think it's okay to use a patient's name in my personal statement? Or is this kind of sketchy. I haven't asked permission by the way... But I also haven't revealed much more than the condition she suffers from.
well i would think you would say "a patient who we'll call Anne" or "(name changed to protect privacy)"But if I make up a name won't they think I'm breaking HIPAA laws anyway?
I usually use "John" and "Jane"You can always use a pseudonym and say something like, "The patient, who I will call Ian, ..." Of course, the beauty of this scheme is that Ian is a short name. Ana, Liz, Ina, Jim, Tom, Tim all good... Ed is even better! Think of all the characters you'll save.
I'd give your friend a fake name and say, "A friend I'll call Ed" (or a similar short name)ok so is a real first name ok or should we stick to fake names? the patient to which i refer in my essay is a friend, not somebody i met at a hospital. i hadn't even thought about the name thing until i read this thread.
Because unless you use something like john doe, the adcom will not realize that you are using a fake name and will frown upon your statement. If you use "a friend I will call X" it sounds awkward. I like the "Miss N" approachGiven that you gain absolutely nothing by using the real name, and stand to potentially turn the reader of your PS off through borderline violation of HIPAA laws, I can't even understand why this is a question.
So you realize that using a real name would be breaking HIPAA laws (assuming you're bound by them)? Then why would you even consider using the real name? And if you're going to use a fake name, you might as well make it short enough to work toward your advantage in the character count.But if I make up a name won't they think I'm breaking HIPAA laws anyway?
The real question is: why are you talking so much about someone else in your personal statement that you might consider using their name? The PS is about you, and why you are a kickass applicant. Not some patient that you're probably going to say inspired you to go into medicine, or some horse**** like that.
This should be obvious. Absolutely NOT. Good grief, I sincerely hope you didn't try to ask her. Nevermind HIPAA, she is a patient and is entitled to her privacy.Do you think it's okay to use a patient's name in my personal statement? Or is this kind of sketchy. I haven't asked permission by the way... But I also haven't revealed much more than the condition she suffers from.
Of course, every patient you've mentioned is a relative so you know of their health histories directly from them outside of a health care setting. One thing to think about is this: how would you feel if someone who did not know you, but who knows Mike, Sandy, Daniel, or grandpa reads what you wrote about them. I know of more than one situation where an adcom member found themselves reading about someone whom they knew -- in one case it was the adcom member's recently deceased son who was named (first name only) by someone who had volunteered at a school for disabled kids (the adcom member was touched but passed on making a judgment about the application).I named the following:
My Uncle Mike (the doctor I worked with)
My Aunt Sandy (a quadriplegic)
My brother Daniel (horrible snowboarding accident)
My grandpa (cancer victim)
The head of my graduate program who helped me decide on medical school instead.
These were okay, but that's probably pretty different from what you're doing...
okay, point proven/ anonymity is not used on mdapps to disguise oneself from other applicants.I mean, on your own MDApps OP you're going to great lengths to secure your own identity ("University of Anonymous", like we'd spend the time of day to look you up).
Unless you are going to bad mouth a professional, I don't see any harm in naming them and it helps match things up if you also have a LOR from them or you list them in your experience section.what if we mention our research and say something like.." working with Dr. Smith..." can we not do that either??
"Mr. T was my favorite participant," was the opening sentence to my personal statement. Lame? Maybe, but I was accepted and received compliments on my statement during my interviews.i've seen abbreviated names: e.g. Ms. K. or Mr. Y. Try to stay away from stupid sounding ones though like Mr. T.
I think initials are good. You can use fake initials if you're concerned that it's still too obvious.you basically have two options, and neither of them is using someone's real name.
1) use any random first name, and put it in quotations the first time you use it. "Joe" was in the hospital for...
2) use initials. AJ was in the hospital for, Mr. J, etc. this is how patients are often discussed for hospital conferences.
you can discuss your medical colleagues, PI's, etc by their full names or last names if you wish. you may also reveal the names of pets that were involved.
The first time you mention the pseudonym, put it in quotes (i.e., "Tom" was a nice patient). The reader will be cued into the fact that "Tom" is a pseudonym.Sorry to bump this very old post, but I have a similar dilemma.
Is it okay to use a first-name pseudonym without explicitly stating that it's a pseudonym (eg - "Tom was a nice patient.")? Or would it be preferable to use two initials (eg - "TM was a nice a patient.")? I would rather use a pseudonym so that I don't have to refer to the patient as "the patient" over and over again, but I don't want to appear unprofessional.
I wouldn't. It's a HIPAA breach and imagine if someone actually went through the effort of reporting it. The fines are huge and I wouldn't my name being used in anything.Do you think it's okay to use a patient's name in my personal statement? Or is this kind of sketchy. I haven't asked permission by the way... But I also haven't revealed much more than the condition she suffers from.