- whether giving patients unproven alternative remedies is ethical?
- whether pediatricians should support parents who want to circumcise their baby boys?
- whether insurance co-pays for medical visits are appropriate?
Forget that fact that this is just another fad being used to predict who will be a good doctor. Forget that fact that you know the studies they quote, to prove how great this new method is, are probably shoddy at best. The most important thing here is to have some fun. Send me some ethical dilemma questions that you would ask a medical student candidate. You know, stuff that we see in real life. Here are some of mine:
- A patient steals your reflex hammer, otoscope and half the syringes in the drawer you forgot to lock (after the last episode). Do you accost him or worry that he may pull his gun...again?
- A patient has a list of complaints of over twelve items. You try to get through a few of them but if you go any longer you will be later for all your other patients. Do you risk telling this patient to come back another day and get a bad customer review by her or keep with her questions and risk getting a bad customer review by the patients who are waiting?
- A patient is severely hygienically challenged. He is the first patient of the day. Do you risk staying in the room so long that you cannot get his unique odor off you for the rest of the day or do you try to rush through the visit in order to hit the high points and try to get out unscathed?
PLEASE POST YOURS NOW!! This isn't supposed to be anti-patient. It is a knock on the anti-ivory tower professors who have no idea what goes on in the real world.