Dr. Pamela Maragliano-Muniz experienced an unusual situation one day in her practice. Her office manager came to her, saying a patient they had not seen in over a year had called the office. Here’s where it gets interesting.
Apparently, the patient wanted to take the day off from work and get paid for it. He asked the office manager to write him a letter stating that he had an appointment. He told her: “I used to pay the woman who worked here before you $20, and she would write me a note.”
This is obviously a problem on several different levels—ethics, for one. This made Dr. Pam wonder what else had happened with her patients that she wasn’t aware of.
Pamela Maragliano-Muniz, DMD, is the chief editor of DentistryIQ and editorial co-director of Through the Loupes. Based in Salem, Massachusetts, Dr. Maragliano-Muniz began her clinical career as a dental hygienist. She went on to attend Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, where she earned her doctorate in dental medicine. She then attended the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Dental Medicine, where she became board-certified in prosthodontics. Dr. Maragliano-Muniz owns a private practice, Salem Dental Arts, and lectures on a variety of clinical topics. You may contact her at [email protected].