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Nancy Snyderman Quarantined From NBC

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Well… bye.

Benjamin Mullin, Poynter:

Nancy Snyderman is stepping down from her position as chief medical editor at NBC News, the network announced in a release Thursday…

In the statement from the network, Snyderman attributed her departure partially to her experience covering the Ebola epidemic…

“I stepped out of the OR a few years ago and it is now time for me to return to my roots, so I am stepping down from my position as Chief Medical Editor at NBC News. Covering the Ebola epidemic last fall in Liberia, and then becoming part of the story upon my return to the U.S., contributed to my decision that now is the time to return to academic medicine.”

She didn’t become part of the story. She made herself part of the story. As I said at the time: “Let’s hope Snyderman and her colleagues don’t have it. But what’s the point of a quarantine if you don’t, y’know, quarantine yourself? It’d be one thing if her house was on fire, but she went out to get some damn soup.” She knew the risks she posed to other people, and she didn’t care. I hope that was some damn good soup, because she paid for it with her credibility.

Snyderman says she’s taking a faculty position at a “major U.S. medical school.” Presumably she won’t be teaching medical ethics. I’m glad she didn’t get sick or make anybody else sick, and I’m even more glad that her harm to the medical community is being contained. Let’s hope she adheres to her quarantine from TV.