Sunday, February 20, 2011

Oh Boy: Wisconsin "Sick Note" Doctors are Medical School Faculty

Yes, from the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Imagine what inspirations they are to their students.

According to the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel, "On Saturday, family physician Lou Sanner, 59, of Madison, said he had given out hundreds of notes. Many of the people he spoke with seemed to be suffering from stress, he said."

Here's a screenshot from the Department's directory entry on Lou Sanner MD, Associate Professor:

This is the same Dr. Lou Sanner who was videotaped outside the Wisconsin State House defending his right to "have private consultations" with union members needing doctor excuses so that they could be paid to attend a political rally:


ABC affiliate WKOW-TV in Madison reported that Dr. Kathy Oriel told their reporter that the doctors realize they could get in trouble for their offer. "We think its worth the risk," she said. "Teachers have no choice."

Dr. Oriel also is an Associate Professor as well as Madison Residency Program Director:


The name of James H. Shropshire, MD showed up on this doctor's excuse signed at the protest rally:

James H. Shropshire is a Clinical Associate Professor:


For links to the identities of more MDs associated with the University of Wisconsin who managed to find the time to write doctor excuses for teachers who are "sick" of their state's governor, visit Pundit Press.

Will the Madison School System accept these doctors' medical slips? According to U.S. News & World Report:
It's not clear how well-received the notes will be. 
Madison Schools Superintendent Daniel Nerad, who closed his district's schools from Wednesday through Friday because so many teachers called in sick, said officials were aware of the doctors' note-signing station.
"We're reviewing how we go forward in case where those types of notes are provided," he said Sunday. "I don't know yet what the conclusion will be."
And what about the doctors who so publicly exposed their willingness to play fast-and-lose with their signatures in order to ensure that taxpayers fund a teachers union "sick-out"? Dr. Sanner is reported to have said that:
he and his colleagues planned to meet Sunday night to figure out how to deal with the firestorm they touched off. The consequences could extend to their employer, which said it was investigating the events.
It will be interesting to see what response, if any, will be issued by a medical school whose faculty are so visibly disappointing America's faith in the integrity of this country's medical profession.


  1. I for one, if Governor, would FIRE any teacher that didn't show up for work on Tuesday. I would suspend anyone who didn't show up to school last week. There are too many good teachers out there that need a job. The tax payers are the victims here.

  2. @Odie - It's going to be interesting for these teachers when they finally return to school and try to restore discipline in their classrooms after all their students and the student's parents have watched them act like kids trying to get away with cheating on a test. Every public school child in Wisconsin has gotten the message that their teachers are willing to lie and cheat, and maybe their doctors too.

    You are right, I think. Wisconsin's children would be much better off with teachers who showed some dignity and won't be palming themselves off as victims a couple of steps away from the ovens if taxpayers only contribute 94% of their pensions.

    Wait till they don't have pensions at all! Maybe then they'll learn how to count.

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