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MEdIC: The Case of the Overly Attentive Attending – Expert Review and Curated Community Commentary


woman cryingThe Case of the Overly Attentive Attending outlined an egregious scenario of a staff physician displaying sexually aggressive behaviour towards his junior resident, Samantha. The case also focuses on her inner struggle following the incident regarding how to proceed after being the victim of sexual harassment. This month, the MEdIC team (Tamara McColl, Teresa Chan, Sarah Luckett-Gatopoulos, Eve Purdy, John Eicken, and Brent Thoma), hosted a discussion around this case with insights from the ALiEM community. We are proud to present to you the Curated Community Commentary and our 2 expert opinions. Thank-you to all participants for contributing to the very rich and very serious discussions surrounding this case!

MEdIC Series

This follow-up post includes:

  • Responses from our solicited experts:
    • Dr. Christopher Doty is an emergency physician as well as Associate professor, Vice Chair of Education and Residency Director in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Kentucky.
    • Cindy Caplan is an employment lawyer in NYC with over 15 years of experience defending discrimination and harassment complaints on behalf of her clients. She currently works in-house for Condé Nast magazines and previously served as in-house counsel at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
  • A summary of insights from the ALiEM community derived from the Twitter and blog discussions
  • Freely downloadable PDF versions of the case and expert responses for use in continuing medical education activities
Expert Response 1: When the Wheels Come off the Tracks (Dr. Christopher Doty)
Expert Response 2: Legal Perspective on Sexual Harassment in the Workplace (Cindy Caplan)
Curated from the Community (Dr. Sarah Luckett-Gatopoulos)

Case and Responses for Download

Click here (or on the picture below) to download the case and responses as a PDF (314 kb).

Tamara McColl, MD FRCPC MEd(c)

Tamara McColl, MD FRCPC MEd(c)

Associate Editor, ALiEM MEdIC Series
Emergency Physician, St. Boniface Hospital, WRHA
Academic Lead, Educational Scholarship
Department of Emergency Medicine
University of Manitoba
  • Jennifer McCall

    Thank you for including the legal perspective on this piece. It is always good to know what the true, if unsatisfying, legal perspective will be instead of what we hope or believe will be true. It is also comforting to know that pursuing options through the university are available.

    Thanks for a great case and commentary!