Virtual Mentor. January 2005, Volume 7, Number 1.
"Mr. Jonsen is in Exam 2" Ms Wilson, the ER nurse, tells Dr. Macklin as he and Ahmed Daar, a medical student, come out of Exam 3.
Dr. Macklin grabs the chart and looks it over before stepping into the room. He notices that Mr. Jonsen is complaining of a rash, sore throat, headache, and fever.
As they enter the room, Dr. Macklin says, "Hi Mr. Jonsen, I'm Dr. Macklin and this is Mr. Daar, a medical student. What seems to be the problem today?"
Mr. Jonsen glances at Ahmed and asks, "Does he have to be in here? Because if he doesn't, I'd like him to not be."
Without looking at Ahmed, Dr. Macklin says, "This is a teaching hospital, Mr. Jonsen, and medical students are expected to observe. If they aren't allowed to observe, they can't be trained to be the doctors of tomorrow. Mr. Daar, here, has the same obligations of confidentiality that I do. Anything you say to us will remain confidential."
"I still don't think I want him in here," Mr. Jonsen explains, "and so unless he has to be, I'd appreciate it if he'd leave."
What should Dr. Macklin do? (select an option)
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