Doc­tor in hot wa­ter for posts Ad­ven­tHealth res­i­dent faces back­lash for ques­tion­able en­dorse­ments on so­cial me­dia

Orlando Sentinel - - LOCAL & STATE - By Naseem S. Miller

Dr. Jay Feld­man, a first-year res­i­dent at Ad­ven­tHealth, is in hot wa­ter with the hospi­tal af­ter writ­ing ques­tion­able so­cial me­dia posts and en­dors­ing sev­eral prod­ucts, one of which is from a sup­ple­ment com­pany he’s in­volved with.

In an in­ter­view with the Or­lando Sen­tinel, Feld­man said he was re­morse­ful about his on­line posts and that he would no longer en­dorse prod­ucts. He didn’t dis­close what dis­ci­plinary ac­tions the hospi­tal has taken against him.

The hospi­tal also didn’t share his sta­tus, cit­ing the pri­vacy of per­son­nel mat­ters.

“When we learned of the so­cial me­dia posts, we took sev­eral swift mea­sures to ad­dress the sit­u­a­tion and con­tinue to in­ves­ti­gate the mat­ter,” an Ad­ven­tHealth spokes­woman said in a state­ment. “Our med­i­cal trainees are held to the high­est stan­dards and are ex­pected to cul­ti­vate an en­vi­ron­ment of in­clu­sion, safety and trust among our pa­tients and greater com­mu­nity. The posts are not a re­flec­tion of Ad­ven­tHealth, our mis­sion, val­ues or stan­dards.”

As of Fri­day, Feld­man, a doc­tor of os­teopa­thy and a fam­ily medicine res­i­dent, was listed on the hospi­tal’s res­i­dency web­site but doesn’t ap­pear in the hospi­tal’s Doc­tor Finder tool.

Feld­man’s posts have been about a wide range of topics, mostly non-con­tro­ver­sial, but a few of them have drawn crit­i­cism on­line.

For ex­am­ple, in a 2012 post on Twit­ter, he wrote, “Watched my pa­tient code and die right in front of me.. Solid day.”

“Just did my first death pro­nounce­ment. Open­ing a dead per­sons [sic] eyes and star­ing into them is the most in­sane thing ever,” he wrote on Twit­ter a few months ago.

And in his most re­cent post on In­sta­gram, which caught the at­ten­tion of the hospi­tal, he wrote, “This one is for all the male med­i­cal stu­dents and res­i­dents that have been told to leave for the pelvic exam, who have been ig­nored dur­ing your OB/GYN ro­ta­tion while the girls get to do all the learn­ing. No more!!! Walk into that room with con­fi­dence! Show in­ter­est to your at­tend­ing. You may never get an­other chance to learn this crit­i­cal part of medicine! Don’t blow it. Stand up for your­self.”

Dur­ing the in­ter­view on Fri­day, Feld­man said, “The goal of the post was re­ally to en­cour­age men to ac­tu­ally take bet­ter in­ter­est in gy­ne­co­log­i­cal train­ing. … It was never meant to say, ob­vi­ously, make the woman un­com­fort­able to get your train­ing. That’s not some­thing that I be­lieve at all.”

“[The post] has had ram­i­fi­ca­tions that I never imag­ined,” he said.

Feld­man has also en­dorsed sev­eral prod­ucts over the years, in­clud­ing sup­ple­ments made by Rave Doc­tor, which is reg­is­tered

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