Having a doctor that you can rely on and trust to take care of you professionally is great. After all, your health is the most important thing in your life. But one doctor took his connection with a patient too far. Dr. Mitchell Cohen of Seattle is being charged with unprofessional conduct. The Washington Medical Quality Assurance Commission pressed charges after Cohen sent a Facebook friend request to a patient whom he had just performed a colonoscopy on two days before. A colonoscopy is an especially intimate procedure.
Cohen’s office is on First Hill. The woman who he had performed the colonoscopy on was in her 30s. She reportedly works in the news and entertainment industry. Cohen insisted that he looked her up because he felt curious about her what she did for a living, and that she was not the first patient he had looked up.
For now, Cohen is still free to practice medicine, but could face punishment as severe as the revoking of his doctor’s license. The Commission said that Cohen has “violated a boundary and took advantage of the doctor-patient relationship.”
It is important to think about how your actions will be received when on social media. If you have to think twice before doing something, you probably shouldn’t do it. Once it’s on the Internet, it’s there forever.