Advice on how to handle two of my patients
1. Patient 1 Clinic Patient As an intern, I am often given longer appointment times than counterpart seniors. Hence, I get a lot of "establishing care" patients. Few months back, I had a patient, who was originally seen in our clinic. However, was arrested for selling controlled substance, hx of poly substance abuse and was not able to be seen for several years. The patient reported to me a diagnosis which would require a prescription of a controlled substance. Furthermore, he wanted a... Advice on how to handle two of my patients (Source: Student Doctor Network)
Source: Student Doctor Network - September 5, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: NarayanamNamaskrityam Tags: General Residency Issues Source Type: forums

give me "Pain medicine"
Getting a little frustrated of patient being referred for pain medicine- especially with the ones with history of substance abuse in the past. Agitated and angry patients especially when i say I cant ..... Whats the best way to have and a safe practice and avoid being killed by someone Any tips? (Source: Student Doctor Network)
Source: Student Doctor Network - August 20, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: med7343 Tags: Pain Medicine Source Type: forums

Interested in California residency program, will I have license issue?
I'm an out of stater interested in California residency program, specifically anesthesia. Unfortunately I have some red flags, including a misdemeanor public intoxication in 2012 and a DUI in 2017. After my DUI I made some changes, including substance abuse counseling and not drinking alcohol any further. I know I will have issues with licensing in the future, but I was curious as to California specifically. Is there any advice for how my situation will be treated? Would my training license... Interested in California residency program, will I have license issue? (Source: Student Doctor Network)
Source: Student Doctor Network - April 17, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: Kangaroo2020 Tags: General Residency Issues Source Type: forums

Rapid Opioid Detoxification during General Anesthesia
Practice anesthesia and pain. Saw a lot of substance abuse, addiction. An advertisement I had come across during fellowship was a nearby anesthesiologist in a hospital system offering substance withdrawal under sedation. Director said he doesn't think any of the staff had ever sent patients over to this service. Described in literature Rapid Opioid Detoxification during General Anesthesia :A Review of 20 Patients | Anesthesiology | ASA Publications anesthesiology.pubs.asahq.org [URL... Rapid Opioid Detoxifi...
Source: Student Doctor Network - March 15, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: TheLoneWolf Tags: Anesthesiology Source Type: forums

Suspended from ivy league school for 2.5 years due to alcohol. comeback story chances?
Hi everybody I am sorry if this is not the correct subforum. A little bit of a background. I am currently a senior chem major at an ivy league school. I have had a long history of substance abuse problems and recently it has caught up with me. After getting a DUI I have been suspended for 2.5 years. Recently getting accepted to two medical schools (which I will have to decline of course) only makes the situation more painful. My stats are 3.94 GPA/520MCAT/35 ACT. I am wondering what I should... Suspended from ivy league school for 2.5 years due to alcohol. comeback story chances? (Source: Student Doctor Network)
Source: Student Doctor Network - November 7, 2019 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: Sunflowersunrise Tags: Pre-Medical - MD Source Type: forums

Vivitrol
Hi. It's been awhile since I've been on here. Today I was informed my patient passed away (likely from opioid OD- unclear if intentional vs accidental). I've been working as the sole psychiatrist at an ACT program that started from the ground up two years ago. When I met the patient a year ago he came out of jail after a long hx of gang involvement/past prison terms, and probation mandated a residential substance abuse treatment program. He has a history of extensive substance use and kept... Vivitrol (Source: Student Doctor Network)
Source: Student Doctor Network - November 5, 2019 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: psych Tags: Psychiatry Source Type: forums

What happens when a Physician is hospitalized?
I was just curious, what happens if a physician is placed on a hold and hospitalized? Do medical boards investigate upon discharge? Does it affect their ability to practice (if no substance abuse is involved)? I think in Medicine, there is a huge stigma about getting help for mental illness especially when you are in training, but I wonder how it would affect someone who is practicing? On a related note, I always get questions from kids and parents about their ability to go to a good... What happens when a Physician is hospitalized? (Source: Student Doctor Network)
Source: Student Doctor Network - July 29, 2019 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: ryerica22 Tags: Psychiatry Source Type: forums

Allopathic Medical School Dismissal--Caribbean??
Hey guys, I was recently dismissed from my allopathic MD school here in the US due to reasons unrelated to academics. Basically due to an ADA non-substance abuse diagnosis. I was doing very well in my studies, actually. I may be able to transfer in to a Caribbean school and just do one semester, take step, and come back to the US for rotations. Or I may be able to go to a DO school. But I would have to take a year off and start as a first year. Does anyone know which would be better or know... Allopathic Medical School Dismissal--Caribbean?? (Source: Student Doctor Network)
Source: Student Doctor Network - July 7, 2019 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: dahobodan Tags: Caribbean Source Type: forums

Paid blogging as a resident on medical related topics/drug use?
Does anyone know if paid blogging in any way can be an issue as a resident, since as a physician giving opinions publicly is different? Not aware of anything on my contract that remotely suggests you can't do it, especially since the site is based in a neighboring country anyway. There's no mention of my institution in my writing, there's nothing to sell so obviously 0 endorsement of anything. And when talking about substance abuse, of course the position is fully against. Though it's mainly... Paid blogging as a resident on medical related topics/drug use? (Source: Student Doctor Network)
Source: Student Doctor Network - June 10, 2019 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: Medic_90x Tags: Medical Students - MD Source Type: forums

521 MCAT, 3.85 sGPA, 3.7 cGPA career changer
Hello SDN, Looking to narrow down my school list from around 40 to 30 hopefully. 400 clinical, 400 nonclinical volunteering at substance abuse clinic for the past 4 years. 500 hours of computational genetic research and currently working on my own project for publication. 521 MCAT, 3.85 sGPA, 3.7 cGPA after taking all my prereqs with 50 credits of 4.0. 75 hrs shadowing - ER, Psych. Coming from a non-medical field where I started, built and recently sold a small business. My main question... 521 MCAT, 3.85 sGPA, 3.7 cGPA career changer (Source: Student Doctor Network)
Source: Student Doctor Network - April 29, 2019 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: towardtheward! Tags: What Are My Chances? WAMC Medical Source Type: forums

New Study on Substance Abuse Rates Among Healthcare Workers
by aredmond (Posted Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:24 am) A recent study by Philadelphia law firm, Anapol Weiss, looked at nearly one million adverse action reports from the National Practitioner Data Bank and identified almost 100,000 disciplinary measures taken against US Healthcare professionals from 1999-2017.Some study highlights:-registered nurses had 5 times more offenses than traditional physicians-The highest number of offenses occurred in 2000, 2008 and 2010-Texas and California had the highest number of offensesYou can view the whole study here: https://www.anapolweiss.com/substance-abuse-healthcare-professionals/ (Source: Med Student Guide)
Source: Med Student Guide - October 11, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: forums

How to Prevent Addiction Among College Students?
Many students (age under 18) develop a substance abuse problem in their higher school or college. Not over from a particular part from the world, its a problem of whole world. It's important to know how and where college students can find addiction treatments that will allow them to overcome physical and psychological dependency. Education plays an integral role in a student addiction treatment at Beaches Recovery. (Source: Student Doctor Network)
Source: Student Doctor Network - April 3, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: PamelaParker Source Type: forums

Substance abuse on application..?
I have a question on whether it would be wise or not to mention my struggle with substance abuse on my application/ letter of intent. I believe it may be beneficial, however others have advised me against it (None of which are pre-med students or advisors). There are many factors involved in this: 1) I am a non traditional student, who has an atrocious transcript for my first two years after high school at a state college (consisting of many F’s and W’s). Followed by another 4 year gap in... SUBSTANCE ABUSE ON APPLICATION..? (Source: Student Doctor Network)
Source: Student Doctor Network - January 23, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: M1i Source Type: forums

California Pre-License Substance Abuse Requirement
The last post I can find about this is inactive since 2013, so wanted to ask people who are licensed in California or trying to get licensed in Cali more recently, about the substance abuse course requirement. I have education in substance abuse, but it was either part of a larger course or hands on experience on practicum/internship; neither of these satisfy the Cali requirement to take a 15 hour length course with accredited university specifically in substance abuse. I've completed all... California Pre-License Substance Abuse Requirement (Source: Student Doctor Network)
Source: Student Doctor Network - August 30, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: red-panda Source Type: forums

ER Doc frustrated by state's involuntary commitment process
In my state, anyone can be committed by anyone else so long as you can sign a statement in front of a magistrate alleging whatever you want. They then come to me in handcuffs by way of LEO to the ED where I'm a single provider and I have to decide whether or not they're a danger to themselves or others. I have no psych help. Our hold times for the state hospital can exceed weeks. One of the things you can be committed for is substance abuse. I cannot get anyone to give me a straight... ER Doc frustrated by state's involuntary commitment process (Source: Student Doctor Network)
Source: Student Doctor Network - June 27, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: migm Source Type: forums

I need help!
my niece is in a graduate course as a counselor in which a midwife was brought in to "educate" the class on midwifery. My niece, being an intelligent individual, saw straight through the midwifes bullsh*t. Now she is asking me for some data to present to her class. This midwife repeatedly bashed hospitals and doctors. She also blamed epidurals for failure to breastfeed and substance abuse in later life. Wtf, substance abuse in later life? Now that's even new to me. I'm going to arm my... I need help! (Source: Student Doctor Network)
Source: Student Doctor Network - June 25, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: Noyac Source Type: forums

Do you do much as an addiction psychiatrist?
I write this not to be disparaging, but just because I am a clueless intern with little experience. A little background: One of our rotations as interns (probably the best, in terms of hours certainly, but also cool attendings) is at the VA substance abuse program. It's basically an intensive outpatient program that meets within the hospital. Anyway, besides prescribing some naltrexone or methadone, I didn't really see us doing much. I mean, sure, we'll talk to the patients and see them... Do you do much as an addiction psychiatrist? (Source: Student Doctor Network)
Source: Student Doctor Network - May 4, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: ExcaliburPrime1 Source Type: forums

Harvard MPH 2017
Figured I'd start this thread since acceptances are rolling in. I'm going to attend the 45-credit epidemiology program. I'm primarily interested in mental health and substance abuse, and I'd like to have a research career. I'm really curious to hear about other people's interests, goals, concerns, etc. My only concern is the cost. Other than that I'm super psyched. (Source: Student Doctor Network)
Source: Student Doctor Network - March 6, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: samnicholson Source Type: forums

Substance abuse recovery applicants
Just floating this out there for any prospective applicants- I applied for professional studies at around 5 years of sobriety. I'm currently a first year student. I perused this forum sending messages to others who navigated this process with, at the very least, a spotty academic record from that time. If anyone is looking for advice or has questions, please feel to PM or post on this thread. The long story short is- you can still achieve this dream despite whatever past you may have. All... Substance abuse recovery applicants (Source: Student Doctor Network)
Source: Student Doctor Network - March 5, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: TimmyTurner Source Type: forums

Too many Options
I am a non-working post-bachelor student. I majored in Psychology for my undergraduate degree. I am interested in Mental Health Counseling, Addiction/Substance Abuse Counseling, Art Therapy, Animal Therapy I have taken courses or gotten some experience in those areas. Is there a Masters degree that I should get where I can do all, or at least part of these fields? Thanks in advance. (Source: Student Doctor Network)
Source: Student Doctor Network - February 26, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: mpsych161 Source Type: forums

3.5 GPA, 521 MCAT, also arrested twice for underage drinking...WAMC
Red Flag Alert: I've been arrested twice for underage drinking (1st was dismissed, 2nd convicted). Currently going to substance abuse counseling and AA meetings for court/probation, so hopefully that is enough for adcoms to see this as a resolved issue? Year in school: Academic senior at top 30 university (Graduating this spring in three years, taking a gap year) Residence: VA Schools to which you are applying: All in-state, George Washington, Georgetown, Stony... 3.5 GPA, 521 MCAT, also arrested twice for underage drinking...WAMC (Source: Student Doctor Network)
Source: Student Doctor Network - January 6, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: sexayindian Source Type: forums

Debating if I should apply
hello, I am defiantly not a traditional pre med student and I am debating if I should even bother applying. I am 30 years old and have 1 more year of undergrad left. By the time I complete my undergrad I will have been to three different universities off and on for 8 years. I know this previous statement alone should tell me I have no chance but, a girl can dream. When I first started school I was 23 and working in bars until 4 or 5 am. During this time I had a substance abuse problem. So,... Debating if I should apply (Source: Student Doctor Network)
Source: Student Doctor Network - June 5, 2016 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: psychiatristoneday Source Type: forums

Columbia Post-Bac Pre-Med
Hi there, this is my first post on here. I graduated in 2012 with a bachelors in English literature (GPA of 3.5) from a state school in Washington. I completed an associates degree (GPA 0f 2.7, yikes) before transferring. Since graduating I worked in Spain as a teaching assistant for a year and am now fluent in Spanish. I decided teaching wasn't for me and changed to technical writing. I come from a low income family with substance abuse problems. This is a major reason why my grades... Columbia Post-Bac Pre-Med (Source: Student Doctor Network)
Source: Student Doctor Network - May 17, 2016 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: 4thCupofCoffee Source Type: forums

Addressing Prior Substance Abuse & Treatment as an Applicant
Good Evening SDN, I am opening this thread with intention to hopefully obtain a number of opinions & create a place for open discussion/feedback regarding views of early substance abuse, addiction & treatment history in a pre-medical applicant. Physicians, as privelidged providers are expected to embody a certain degree of astutness & moral integrity (and rightfully so). Their occupation, albeit inately intertwined with the sciences, is firmly grounded in altruistic beliefs & the selfless... Addressing Prior Substance Abuse & Treatment as an Applicant (Source: Student Doctor Network)
Source: Student Doctor Network - May 11, 2016 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: gillyfish Source Type: forums

My chances of getting into Medical School w/ 2 Class C Misd.
by CaribMD (Posted Mon May 18, 2015 8:27 pm)Lets be honest here, you have a problem, a problem with substance abuse that sticks out like a sore thumb. This greatly hurts your chances at not only school but even if you got through school a license to practice medicine. Medical Schools and License boards will see it this way with this record.You need to seriously look into this, no one here can really tell you. You need a lawyer to help you. Many courts consider expungement after a period of time, I do not know how long it is, but its usually 5 years or more when I did read it. I have a relative who was in a similar situatio...
Source: Med Student Guide - May 18, 2015 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: forums