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Lab tech dodges crutch-throwing patient

Original post made on May 7, 2010

A Milpitas man was left without a leg to stand on the evening of Monday, May 3, after being cited for battery for allegedly throwing one of his crutches at a lab technician at a Mountain View hospital.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, May 7, 2010, 12:13 PM

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Posted by um...
a resident of Cuesta Park
on May 7, 2010 at 1:04 pm

22 year old doctor?? I have yet to meet a doctor that young... are you guys sure you have the correct age?


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Posted by Yes.
a resident of another community
on May 7, 2010 at 1:07 pm

Doogie Howser, M.D.


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Posted by Dad
a resident of another community
on May 7, 2010 at 1:07 pm

I would never let a "22 year old" doctor near me.


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Posted by clarify please
a resident of Blossom Valley
on May 7, 2010 at 1:57 pm

22 year old doctor??? What a joke


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Posted by Ron
a resident of Waverly Park
on May 7, 2010 at 2:14 pm

I love how people are so knee jerk judgmental. So the guy is 22. Maybe he is inexperienced, but maybe he is more up on the latest in medicine. You don't graduate just for hanging out at school, so maybe the fact that he graduated medical school at 22 means he is REALLY darn smart! Of course, you would rather automatically go to the older guy next to him who may be incompetent for all you know.


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Posted by Spelling Nazi
a resident of another community
on May 7, 2010 at 3:16 pm

It's Milpitas, not Milipitas. Spelled wrong twice.


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Posted by um...
a resident of Cuesta Park
on May 7, 2010 at 3:47 pm

Hey, I would have no problem with having a 22 year old doctor (if there is one) near me since that is around my age.. I just don't think that Mr. Martin Sanchez has the correct age of the doctor. Also, good catch on "Milipitas".


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Posted by Mars
a resident of Whisman Station
on May 7, 2010 at 4:17 pm

A 22 year old doctor sure sounds smart to me!

One of my junior high school friends had two masters degrees from Stanford way before 22 (I think he was 18 when he got the 2nd one)...but he skipped high school to get that done.


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Posted by JOJO
a resident of Rex Manor
on May 7, 2010 at 6:54 pm

Oh god not a 22 year old doctor, sounds really unsafe to me, we should ask the Voice to write a story about this and inform the community of this unsafe condition.


Oh yeah the guy with the crutch was just upset about this unsafe condition lets give him a break.


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Posted by DAD
a resident of another community
on May 8, 2010 at 8:19 am

Hey Ron, I am sure this 22 year old doctor can use some new patients. Since you feel he is so smart why don't you have him as your doctor????? Especially since he is so young and he MUST be up on the latest medicine.HA HA!

This doctor is not even old enough to rent a car(without paying costly fees)

He is BARELY an adult RON. I am sorry, I do not agree with you.

P.S. If this doctor is up on the latest medicine at age 22, then why is he at El Camino and not Stanford????

This doctor DID NOT EVEN GET HURT and he submitted a request for a citizens arrest????????? That's a 22 year old for ya.


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Posted by Sammy
a resident of another community
on May 8, 2010 at 9:05 am

Looks like I have an idiot for a neighbor


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Posted by john wilkerson
a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 8, 2010 at 11:31 pm

James Watson, PhD, was 22 when he started collaborating with Francis Crick. What has age got to do with it?


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Posted by letsgetreal
a resident of Cuesta Park
on May 9, 2010 at 11:46 am

Doctors "practice" medicine on us, no matter what their age.


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Posted by Yes
a resident of another community
on May 10, 2010 at 8:07 am

DAD,

Many physicians at El Camino are Stanford grads and quite a few practice at Stanford as well. Don't sell El Camino short, they have a top-notch staff all-around.


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Posted by DAD
a resident of another community
on May 10, 2010 at 1:02 pm

It usually takes at least 11 years to become a doctor: 4 years of college, 4 years of medical school, and 3 years working in a hospital. For some specialties, doctors may have to work in a hospital for up to 8 years before they are fully trained.

It is not easy to get into medical school. You have to do very well in college and on medical school entrance tests.

Students spend most of the first 2 years of medical school in labs and classrooms. They take lots of science courses. They also learn to ask patients the right questions and how to examine them. They learn how to tell what sickness a patient has.

In the last 2 years, students work with patients and doctors in hospitals and clinics. After medical school, doctors go to work in a hospital for a few years. They are called residents. To be a resident, you must pass a test.

Do your math everyone.

P.S. To Yes, you missed my point, read again.


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Posted by Mars
a resident of Whisman Station
on May 10, 2010 at 2:32 pm

Do you think everyone learns at the same rate? We're not all equal in that regard.

If he's done what he needs to do to be a doctor at 22, then I think we should applaud him!

Why not measure someone by their ability, instead of their age?


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Posted by Mom
a resident of another community
on May 10, 2010 at 4:27 pm

To Mars:(Cry me a River!)

Since you are defending this doctor, what is his name? Where and when did he attend school?

How old are you??


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Posted by Martin Sanchez
a resident of another community
on May 10, 2010 at 5:22 pm

Dear Town Square Commenters,
We were just informed by a hospital representative that the victim was in fact a 22-year-old lab technician, not a doctor. I believe the victim was incorrectly described to the investigating police officer as "Dr. (last name)" when the officer first arrived at the hospital.
I apologize for the error and will correct it immediately.

Sincerely,
Martin Sanchez
Staff Writer, Mountain View Voice


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Posted by DAD
a resident of another community
on May 11, 2010 at 8:56 am

Thank you Martin Sanchez for clarifying the typo.

O.K. There you go Ron, um, Sammy, John Wilkerson, Mars and Yes . You cannot become a doctor at age 22. It is impossible.

This story makes sense now.


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Posted by Yes
a resident of another community
on May 11, 2010 at 12:02 pm

DAD,

I did not say you can become a doctor a 22, although you can. My point was about El Camino Hospital and Stanford Hospital.

As far as becoming a doctor at 22, my wife worked for a surgeon who started med school at 17. He had earned his undergraduate degree already. So after 4 years in med school, he earned his MD. Technically, he is a doctor at that point (21 years old). He then did his residency. He was a prodigy.

But again, my only point was a comparison between El Camino and Stanford hospitals.


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Posted by Mom
a resident of another community
on May 11, 2010 at 1:01 pm

YES,

You forgot to add at least 3 years as a Resident. That makes AT LEAST 24 years of age.

And, IF what you said is true, the surgeon your "wife" worked for, began college at age 13????????? Where is your proof? People say all kinds of crap, do you think half of it is believable? Where is your common sense?



My point was not about hospitals, get over it.


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Posted by Yes
a resident of another community
on May 11, 2010 at 1:19 pm

This is getting tedious. I made an innocuous comment about El Camino and Stanford Hospitals which you apparently decided to take personally. I understood your main point and did not argue that.

As far as the surgeon, I don't need to prove anything. Do you think I make things up just to argue on a website? There are gifted children who begin college at a very early age. Adragon De Mello comes to mind. The link below tells of a teen who became a doctor at 17.

Web Link

You are a doctor when you receive your medical degree. Residency comes afterwards. You are not a resident if you do not have a medical degree.

But to address your precious point: you are wrong, it IS possible to be a doctor at 22, or even younger. It HAS been done.

I'm done with this topic.


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Posted by Ted
a resident of Shoreline West
on May 11, 2010 at 3:10 pm

"The 22-year-old medical technician"
I do not see the word "doctor" anywhere in that article. Could you please copy & paste where it said that?
Thank you.


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Posted by DAD AND MOM
a resident of another community
on May 11, 2010 at 6:08 pm

TO YES,

WE DON'T AGREE WITH YOU. SORRY.


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Posted by DAD
a resident of another community
on May 12, 2010 at 8:55 am

Hey YES,

MY FATHER IS A DOCTOR AND A DOCTOR CANNOT OPEN A PRACTICE UNTIL THEY HAVE SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED THEIR RESIDENCY, WHICH IS AFTER THEY COMPLETE MEDICAL SCHOOL, WHICH IS AFTER THEY COMPLETE COLLEGE.

YOU ARE A DOCTOR AFTER ALL OF THESE STEPS HAVE BEEN COMPLETED IN THE CORRECT ORDER.

TO BECOME A DOCTOR IS A LONG PROCESS, IT TAKES TIME AND YES, AGE DOES MATTER.


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Posted by Yes
a resident of another community
on May 12, 2010 at 10:31 am

Now you mention your father is a doctor, eh? Funny you didn't mention that earlier.

In any case, you are correct, you cannot practice until you have passed the US licensing exam. What you still refuse to recognize is that a resident physician is still a doctor...under the supervision of a licensed physician.

If this were France, however, you would be correct as a resident cannot be called "doctor" due to the fact that they are still considered students and become MDs only at the end of their residency. This is not the case in the United States as an MD is awarded upon completion of med school, then you go on to complete your residency.

So, to summarize:

In France - med school, residency, MD awarded (you may now be called Doctor)
In the US - med school, MD awarded (you may now be called Doctor), residency

If you are ever in an academic hospital (hopefully you won't need hospitalization anywhere), you will notice that even residents are addressed as Doctor.

I hope you at least looked at the link provided regarding the 17-year old doctor. It's very, very brief...unlike my post. How can you refute a fact?

Really, that's it for me. This is beyond tiresome and I have work to do.


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Posted by DAD
a resident of another community
on May 12, 2010 at 1:12 pm

YES,

GET OVER IT.

BY THE WAY . . . . .WHERE DO YOU THINK I GOT MY INFORMATION FROM?

YAH, THAT'S RIGHT. MY FATHER, THE DOCTOR.

YOU CERTAINLY DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT. GO BACK TO SCHOOL.


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Posted by Yes
a resident of another community
on May 12, 2010 at 1:22 pm

There's nothing to get over. But I did let it go yesterday. You just had to come back and address me again.

So, can you explain the 17-year old doctor if it's impossible? You can't, so you reply with "Get over it." And you tell me to go back to school? I've had plenty of schooling, thanks. You might want to FINISH your's.

You believe what you want, don't let facts get in the way.

And try unlocking your CAPS key.


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Posted by um...
a resident of Cuesta Park
on May 17, 2010 at 12:39 pm

I bet the "lab technician" is laughing at all of these comments above. There is no reason to argue about how old you must be to become a doctor. It is completely irrelevant to the article now that Mr. Sanchez has corrected it, and frankly, it was never really important. Maybe everyone on here should further their education so they don't waste so much time commenting about useless crap.


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Posted by Mars
a resident of Whisman Station
on May 19, 2010 at 2:24 pm

LOL - I think its funny that people think everyone is as slow as they are. Some people will learn faster, and skip YEARS of school.

Yes, its not common, but it does happen more than you would think.

Now, I also understand people are scared of things they don't understand. So, I agree that some people would be scared to see a young doctor. BUT, that does not make this person less able to do their work...infact they would most likely do it better than someone with less smarts (who took longer to complete their studies).

Fear what you must, but we're all not the same. Nor do we all need to follow the same path. Often those that make their own route in life, are the most successful.

In any case, this was all about a mistake. This guy is now a Lab Tech instead of a Doctor, as first reported.


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