Friends Don’t Let Friends Be Their Patients


The American College of Physicians and the Federation of State Medical Boards have issued some guidance on doctors who “friend” patients on social media.  They say don’t do it.   This is an issue for me as many of my friends became patients when I was in Maine and many of my patients also became friends.  I really don’t like being told what to do in my social life by the holier-than-thou bureaucrats but I kind of understand where they are coming from.  Sometimes a college friend may show a picture of something someone did many years ago with a horse and all of a sudden….ummm….okay, I’ve said too much.  Anyway, that is why you hardly ever see me give personal comments on my Facebook page.

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  2 comments for “Friends Don’t Let Friends Be Their Patients

  1. June 5, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    I simply cannot resist asking: what kind of horse, and did it smile?


    PS Except for professional social media, popular social media is … unprofessional.

    • Doug Farrago
      June 5, 2013 at 7:14 pm

      LOL. And yes it did.

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