Lab tech dodges crutch-throwing patient Other Issues, posted by Editor, Mountain View Voice Online, on May 7, 2010 at 1:04 pm
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
Posted by Ron, a resident of the Waverly Park neighborhood, 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.
Posted by um..., a resident of the Cuesta Park neighborhood, 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".
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.
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.
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.
Posted by Yes, a resident of another community, on May 11, 2010 at 12:02 pm
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.
Posted by Mom, a resident of another community, on May 11, 2010 at 1:01 pm
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?
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.
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.
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.
Posted by um..., a resident of the Cuesta Park neighborhood, 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.
Posted by Mars, a resident of the Whisman Station neighborhood, 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.