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Posted: 10/9/2007 6:23:45 PM EST
....for obvious reasons....

Student to take med exam with break time to pump breast milk
October 9, 2007
www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2007/10/09/student_to_take_med_exam_with_break_time_to_pump_breast_milk?mode=PF

BOSTON --A Harvard medical student who won a court ruling to get extra break time during a medical licensing exam to pump breast milk for her infant daughter will take the test, and get the breaks, this week.

Lauren Stiller Rikleen, an attorney for Sophie Currier, says she will take the exam on Wednesday and Thursday, after the state's Supreme Judicial Court on Tuesday denied a request by the National Board of Medical Examiners to speed up a review of the case.

"She will get an extra hour per day of break time," said Carol Thomson, a spokeswoman for the board, which administers the test used by boards of medicine across the country to license physicians. The SJC still has not said if it will hear the board's petition for review, she said.

The board asked for the review after the state appeals court refused last Friday to overturn a decision by a single justice of the court granting Currier the extra break time. Appeals Court Judge Gary Katzmann ruled that if Currier didn't get the extra time, she would not be on "equal footing" with men and non-lactating women.

Currier, 33, of Brookline, sued after the board said she could have only the standard 45 minutes of breaks during the nine-hour exam. The board said it must be consistent in the break time given.

Currier has received accommodations for dyslexia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, including permission to take the test over two days instead of one.



Link Posted: 10/9/2007 6:26:50 PM EST
You know depending on attitude she might make a great doc...

Time will tell
Link Posted: 10/9/2007 6:32:54 PM EST

Originally Posted By vrwc0915:
You know depending on attitude she might make a great doc...

Time will tell


The medical grapevine up here says she's a spoiled brat with access to lots of family money. And she's hyperliberal. I hope one of her patients (assuming she gets licensed) sues her for being late for a treatment or something.
Link Posted: 10/10/2007 1:27:40 AM EST
Dupe. But since mine never got any replies, let's keep yours instead.
ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b=1&f=5&t=622693

My comment from before:
Is it just me, or does she look really evil, and her daughter look really malnourished/dopey?


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Sophie Currier holds her four-month-old daughter, Lea, while sitting in their Brookline, Mass., living room Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 11, 2007. A Massachusetts appeals court judge ruled Wednesday Sept. 26, that Currier, 33, must be allowed extra break time during her nine-hour medical licensing exam to pump breast milk to feed Lea. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
Link Posted: 10/10/2007 1:35:11 AM EST
Wait...

Am I missing something here?

She isn't actually going to be physically present for the feeding? she just wants the break to pump the milk?

Why not do so ahead of time? Is there a reason why she couldn't do this?
Link Posted: 10/10/2007 1:35:12 AM EST
Link Posted: 10/10/2007 1:41:04 AM EST
shite!!!, she looks like Quintien Tarentino ......God she's unattractive.
Can't believe she found a mate.
Link Posted: 10/10/2007 1:59:26 AM EST

Originally Posted By 95thFoot:
I hope one of her patients (assuming she gets licensed) sues her for being late for a treatment or something.




Have you been to any doctors in the last few decades? They're more often late/running behind than not.
Link Posted: 10/10/2007 8:56:34 AM EST

Originally Posted By 1Andy2:
Wait...

Am I missing something here?

She isn't actually going to be physically present for the feeding? she just wants the break to pump the milk?

Why not do so ahead of time? Is there a reason why she couldn't do this?


It's in the Yahoo article (quoted in my ORIGINAL thread on this topic ). Most relevant paragraphs first, then the whole article.


Currier said she risks medical complications if she does not nurse her daughter, Lea, or pump breast milk every two to three hours.

Without extra time, Currier would have to choose between pumping breast milk and ignoring her bodily functions or foregoing pumping and causing herself significant pain, the judge said.


news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070926/ap_on_re_us/breast_feeding_dispute_5&printer=1


Court: New mom must get extra test time

By DENISE LAVOIE, Associated Press WriterWed Sep 26, 5:35 PM ET

A Harvard student must be allowed extra break time during her nine-hour medical licensing exam so she can pump breast milk to feed her 4-month-old daughter, a Massachusetts appeals court judge ruled Wednesday.

Sophie Currier, 33, sued after the National Board of Medical Examiners turned down her request to take more than the standard 45 minutes in breaks during the exam.

Currier said she risks medical complications if she does not nurse her daughter, Lea, or pump breast milk every two to three hours.

A Superior Court judge last week rejected Currier's request to order the board to give her an additional 60 minutes of break time. Appeals Court Judge Gary Katzmann overturned that ruling, finding that Currier needs the break time to put her on "equal footing" with the men and non-lactating women who take the exam.

"I think it's a big step for women, all nursing and working moms," Currier said.

The board had cited a need to be consistent in the amount of break time given and said other nursing mothers who have taken the exam found 45 minutes sufficient.

But Katzmann said that amount of break time was "insufficient" for Currier to nurse her baby, properly express breast milk, eat, drink and use the restroom over the course of the nine-hour exam.

Without extra time, Currier would have to choose between pumping breast milk and ignoring her bodily functions or foregoing pumping and causing herself significant pain, the judge said.

"Under either avenue, (Currier) is placed at significant disadvantage in comparison to her peers," Katzmann wrote in his 26-page ruling.

The board plans to appeal, board attorney Joseph Savage said.

The board, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit corporation, is responsible for administering the test, which is used by boards of medicine across the country to license physicians.

"The board of medicine has to be able to rely on the results of these tests in determining whether someone is qualified to be a physician," Savage said. "If the tests aren't fair and comparable, the boards don't have the information they need to only license doctors who are properly trained."

Currier already has received special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act for dyslexia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, including permission to take the test over two days instead of one. The board also offered her a separate testing room where she can express milk during the test or during break time, and the option to leave the test center to breast-feed during break times.

Currier has finished a joint M.D.-Ph.D. program at Harvard University while having two babies in the past two years. She has been offered a residency in clinical pathology at Massachusetts General Hospital beginning in November but cannot accept it unless she passes the test. Her goal is a career in medical research.

She took the exam in April when she was 8 1/2 months pregnant, but failed by a few points. She had planned to take the test again earlier this week, but put it off after Norfolk Superior Court Judge Patrick Brady ruled against her last week.

She now plans to retake it Oct. 4 and 5.

Link Posted: 10/10/2007 12:13:48 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/10/2007 12:14:21 PM EST by trwoprod]

Originally Posted By 71-Hour_Achmed:
Dupe. But since mine never got any replies, let's keep yours instead.
ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b=1&f=5&t=622693

My comment from before:
Is it just me, or does she look really evil, and her daughter look really malnourished/dopey?

us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070926/capt.a2c99c1c15ae4877913815b33b724c94.breast_feeding_dispute_mass101.jpg
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Sophie Currier holds her four-month-old daughter, Lea, while sitting in their Brookline, Mass., living room Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 11, 2007. A Massachusetts appeals court judge ruled Wednesday Sept. 26, that Currier, 33, must be allowed extra break time during her nine-hour medical licensing exam to pump breast milk to feed Lea. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)


No, that's just the old inbred witch-burning face you see up there. I saw tons of that at the prep school I was sent to. It's a distinctive look, and increasingly rare in the general population. Think of David Souter in a pants suit.
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