Have you ever had a fellow inmate who was a doctor? How were they treated by other inmates? Would they help other inmates in times of medical need?
In Leavenworth CCA I met "Russia." Some of the guys also called him, "Doc."
Russia had been a pain management specialist. People who had chronic pain were referred to him and he would help them navigate the bewildering assortment of meds available.
He studied medicine in Russia, his home country, but defected with his family long before communism fell. His future in Mother Russia looked bleak indeed. Under communism he was an unwelcome person - a jew. Here in the states he spoke better English than many natives, and worked hard to become a citizen.
In the US, he was able to establish a modest practice and provide for his family over the course of his twenty plus year career.
In another part of the country, a federal prosecutor found a doctor with a similar practice who was lining his pockets by selling scripts for controlled substances. Word got out among prosecutors, "Locking up crooked doctors makes for great press, and it's easy!"
So some prosecutor in Kansas went after Russia. A disgruntled former employee made some allegations. The only problem was that our doc wasn't selling scripts, defrauding Medicare, jacking insurance companies, or anything. Due to the allegations, doc's office was raided, his records seized, his business shuttered. How can you continue to operate your medical business when all of your patient files are taken?
Innocent until proven guilty my ass. They destroyed the man's business and life on day one of the investigation.
So the prosecutor's bean counters went through doc's records. The allegations made by the former employee? Nothing. They couldn't find anything to back that up. But, they'd already destroyed his business... you can't just let him go and wind up with egg on your face! Nope. They had to nail him for something!
Doc showed me what they were using against him. In one particular file, he showed where a woman in her late 50's with a severe migraine condition had called in for a renewal on her medication. He wrote the renewal one day before he was legally supposed to... day 29 of a thirty day window. They found a couple instances of this and, as they do with everyone, forced him into a plea deal.
I don't know about you, but this isn't the "justice" system I want for our country.
As for how the doc was treated... nothing but respect for the man from the inmates. He would give advice to anyone who asked. He still had his license at that point because when I met him he was still fighting the charges.
He should be getting out of prison this year. I wish him well in the next phase of his life.
I actually worked in one of the Largest Prison Systems in the USA, Texas.
During my tenure there I met several M.D,'s that were incarcerated on everything from DUI to Pill Mills, to Statutory Rape. They were all treated with the same Decorum by the Guards and Staff. The Ingrates (oops I mean Inmates), was a different story, depending on their Jacket (Charges).
One of the M.D.'s was incarcerated for "State Tax Evasion". Dr. "H" hid oil revenues during a Divorce, and the EX's Attorney found out. Long to Short of it. He got 5 years medium security. He ended up (Unofficially) Staffing the PM Medical Shift at our In-House Clinic / Triage for the last 3 years of his sentence.
So You have Both ends of the Spectrum. Just because they have M.D. as a Post Script to their Name, Doesn't Mean they're immune to Human Nature.
I've never been in prison, but I visit my husband until he's released. I've met three doctors while visiting. One was in for defrauding Medicare. The others were both in for vehicular manslaughter while under the influence. Doctors are people, like everyone else.
I did assume you meant medical doctors. I know several inmates with non-medical doctorates, and I have a Ph.D, too. We're human, just as anyone else.
Unless there's a monumental emergency, no inmate is supposed to provide treatment of any kind to another, at least in Florida. Their humanity sometimes makes them step in while waiting far too long for medical help from staff.
In 28 yrs of nursing within California, I have never known of an inmate who was also a medical doctor. Medical doctors are thoroughly screened for felonies prior to entering medical school.
Yes, I did meet inmates who had not only an MD, but other medical qualifications. In CA, they are forbidden by law from rendering any kind of medical aid for any reason under any circumstances.
A C.O. could be down and bleeding and they might be the only person able to save him/her, and they can't even had them a bandaid (if they had one).
Yes, and they were treated with respect. The one doctor I knew would stay out of the way in a medical emergency. He had surrendered his license when he was convicted of federal felonies. He was also aware that the BOP was petty enough to charge him with practising without a license if things went south (or not).