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News and briefs: Teen posed as physician?s assistant, treated patients

Credentialing Resource Center Insider, September 30, 2011

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Earlier this month, police arrested a Florida teenager on five counts of impersonating a physician’s assistant (PA), when he was discovered "working" at Osceola Regional Medical Center in Kissimmee, FL. According to police, Matthew Scheidt, 17, did treat some patients, including changing bandages, performing physicals, and performing chest compressions on a cardiac patient.

According to a Reuters’ article, Scheidt’s real job was a billing clerk for a local surgeon’s group. He used his affiliation with the organization to obtain a hospital badge in his own name but with the PA title. When at the hospital, Scheidt said that he was a medical student at Nova University and was shadowing other PAs.

Scheidt was at the hospital for about two weeks before he caught the attention of hospital officials by trying to gain access to restricted areas of the hospital. Police arrested Scheidt on September 2, and he is currently being held in a juvenile detention center.



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