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