Step 2

Social Science 1

A physician returns to the office after attending a celebratory lunch for a colleague who is retiring at the end of the month. She notices a physician colleague in her medical practice trip on a doorway exiting a patient room. When she inquires if her colleague is okay, he responds that he is fine, but she notices that he appears tired and smells of alcohol. She has never noticed this behavior before in her colleague, who is normally considered one of the more competent physicians in the practice and who recently received an award for receiving the highest patient satisfaction scores out of the 75 physicians in the practice. The colleague in question has 3 more patients on his schedule, and the clinic will be open for another 3 hours. The nurse practitioner with whom the colleague works is also at the practice, and he has 7 more patients remaining to be seen.

Which of the following is the most appropriate action for the physician to take regarding her colleague?

  • A) Allow the physician to see the remainder of his patients and bring it up at the next physician staff meeting.
  • B) Ask the practice administrator to reschedule the physician’s patients for another day.
  • C) Confront the physician and ask him to leave the clinic for the remainder of the day.
  • D) Report the physician to the clinic administrator and reschedule the patients with another provider.
  • E) Report the colleague to the state medical board.


Lloyd Taylor


Dr. Ted O'Connell