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Florida teen posed as doctor, was in exam room as OB/GYN examined patient

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Posted at 8:43 PM, Jan 16, 2015
and last updated 2015-01-16 22:43:19-05

The video above and the information in the report below are courtesy of WSVN’s Vanessa Medina via CNN.

PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Police said a teenager in Florida was "playing doctor" inside a real medical facility, and the imposter even got inside an exam room with an OB/GYN doctor and a patient.

The teen posing as a doctor apparently walked the halls of Saint Mary's Medical Center in West Palm Beach. Police said he wore a white coat with a Saint Mary's logo and anesthesiology embroidered on the front.

“I think it's just crazy,” Stacy Morales said. “I can't believe he got away with it for a month."

The teen’s actions may be reminiscent of Doogie Howser, but this teen was not a prodigy, just a phony.

The teen was busted while he was wearing a mask on his face and a stethoscope around his neck. He was in an examination room with a patient.

"He presented himself with a patient of our practice and introduced himself as Dr. Robinson,” said Dr. Sebastian Kent of St. Mary’s Medical Center.

The police report states that, according to multiple nurses and Dr. Kent--who is the real doctor inside the OB/GYN office--the fake doctor was inside the examination room with the patient when Dr. Kent conducted an exam.

“The first thing I thought was I am getting, I am really getting old because these young doctors look younger every year,” Kent said of the experience.

The real doctor called security, who called police. It appears personnel, even security guards around the hospital, had seen him for weeks and believed he was indeed someone official.

“I saw him outside our office building with policemen surrounding him, I believe they had him in handcuffs, there was quite a commotion,” Dr. Kent said.

The hospital released this statement: “The individual never had contact with any hospital patients and did not gain access to any patient care areas of the hospital at any time. The hospital immediately notified local authorities, who took the individual into custody, and we are cooperating with their ongoing investigation.”

The teen’s mother reportedly responded to the scene, and she told police that her son has an undisclosed illness and had not been taking his medication. Both police and the hospital elected not to file charges against the teen.