Cops: Pedes­trian, 30, killed in Sun­rail crash

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A death in­ves­ti­ga­tion is un­der­way af­ter a 30-year-old man was struck and killed by a Sun­rail train in Or­lando, ac­cord­ing to the Or­lando Po­lice Depart­ment.

The man was walk­ing on the tracks be­tween Ka­ley Av­enue and the 250

Coat Mar­ket­ing.

She con­tin­ued to fol­low Feld­man’s posts and on­line ac­tiv­i­ties and used them as case stud­ies for her stu­dents. This week, she wrote a Twit­ter thread rais­ing is­sues with his in­volve­ment with Rave Doc­tors and its prod­ucts.

She wrote that Feld­man claims that he cre­ated the prod­ucts when he was in med­i­cal school.

“If the sup­ple­ments were be­ing sold at that point, I’m con­cerned that he didn’t have the ed­u­ca­tional back­ground to state that a med­i­cal pro­fes­sional helped cre­ate the prod­uct. In my opin­ion, it over in­flates his ex­per­tise and it’s mis­lead­ing the pub­lic,” she wrote in one tweet.

On Fri­day, Feld­man said that the com­pany com­plies with all the FDA guide­lines.

“Do I think it was wrong to en­dorse [the prod­ucts] as a doc­tor? I do,” he said.

While ma­jor med­i­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions, in­clud­ing the Amer­i­can Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion, have so­cial me­dia guide­lines, Mo­jarad said they need to be more spe­cific.

Columbia St. train sta­tion at the time of the in­ci­dent, Lt. Tami Ed­wards said in an email.

It’s un­clear when ex­actly the crash hap­pened. No other in­for­ma­tion is avail­able at this time.

And al­though most schools and in­sti­tu­tions have so­cial me­dia poli­cies and train­ing, a one-time lec­ture isn’t enough, Mo­jarad said.

She’s been devel­op­ing a pro­gram that’s for four years and it meets med­i­cal stu­dents at each level of their train­ing.

“My goal is to in­flu­ence uni­ver­si­ties, hos­pi­tals, and or­ga­ni­za­tion to train con­stituents about pro­fes­sional so­cial me­dia us­age,” she said.

Feld­man said he didn’t know what he could and could not do on­line.

“No one ever teaches you how to do these things. There was never any for­mal train­ing and so you just kind of fig­ure it out as you go along,” he said. “It makes a lot of sense that I shouldn’t be us­ing my med­i­cal de­gree as a plat­form to sell prod­ucts. But no one teaches you this stuff.”

Be­fore tak­ing down his so­cial me­dia ac­counts this week, Feld­man had more than 100,000 fol­low­ers on In­sta­gram. He also has a pod­cast, a YouTube chan­nel in ad­di­tion to Rave Doc­tor

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He’s among the grow­ing num­ber of med­i­cal stu­dents and young doc­tors who are con­sid­ered in­flu­encers and are rais­ing new eth­i­cal ques­tions for in­sti­tu­tions that ed­u­cate or hire them.

“Poli­cies and pro­ce­dures and ethics al­ways lag be­hind what’s hap­pen­ing in re­al­ity,” said Dr. Mike Sevilla, a fam­ily physi­cian in Ohio who has been teach­ing so­cial me­dial lit­er­acy to doc­tors for more than a decade. “And when we fig­ure out what kind of poli­cies and pro­ce­dures and rules to put in there, it’s kind of too late for some of these cases.”

Sevilla said hos­pi­tals and schools need to do a bet­ter job at vet­ting the on­line pro­files of their can­di­dates.

“A lot of hos­pi­tals and res­i­dency pro­grams don’t even Google their ap­pli­cants and don’t even know that they have hun­dreds of thou­sands of fol­low­ers,” said Sevilla. “They don’t know what they’re get­ting. All they know is what their test scores are and what their of­fi­cial re­sume is.”

Feld­man, who is bring­ing



his so­cial me­dia ac­counts back on­line af­ter a brief hia­tus, now is dis­tanc­ing him­self from Rave Doc­tor.

“If I was asked to take my name off of the reg­is­tra­tion of the com­pany, that would be fine,” he said. “Ob­vi­ously, medicine is my first pri­or­ity.”

Us­ing him­self as an ex­am­ple, he said there may be a need “to have a mod­er­a­tor to con­trol what goes up, which is some­thing that I’ve ac­tu­ally been think­ing of do­ing — cre­at­ing kind of a net­work of so­cial me­dia mod­er­a­tors that you can use to make sure this doesn’t hap­pen to any­body else.”

He added, “Some­times out of the great­est dis­as­ters, you get the best or most help­ful ideas. That’s what busi­ness is. It’s solv­ing prob­lems and I think this is right now a huge prob­lem.”

Feld­man said he hopes to have con­ver­sa­tions with peo­ple who have crit­i­cized him on so­cial me­dia, in­clud­ing Mo­jarad.

“If I can come back from this, it will be a whole new me,” he said.

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