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A 17-year-old boy is brought to an outpatient clinic and requires sutures to close a laceration on his left calf sustained during football practice at his prep school, a military academy where he lives full-time on campus. His parents live in another state, approximately 800 miles from the school; the doctor is unable to reach either parent by telephone. From whom does the doctor receive permission to treat the boy?

A. The boy himself; he is an emancipated minor
B. The Dean of Students at the prep school
C. The boy's football coach
D. The boy's 18-year-old teammate who accompanied him to the clinic
E. The boy's family physician in his hometown
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A. The boy himself; he is an emancipated minor


automatically emancipated if :--
Joining the armed forces
Getting married
Reaching the actual age of majority (which is usually eighteen years of age)
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A.he is emancipated minor.
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The point is: Is he considered to be in the armed forces when he is actually at a prep school of a military academy ?
Me think the answer is >>>> C The boy's football coach
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The point is: Is he considered to be in the armed forces when he is actually at a prep school of a military academy ?
Me think the answer is >>>> C The boy's football coach
I also belive this, he is not an army recruit, he is in a military school, I believe its not the same
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"In general, a minor is likely to be seen as emancipated with enrollment in the armed forces. This is because the government is considered to now exercise the type of control a parent might otherwise have."

--http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia

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I stand corrected. The answer is A. The boy himself; he is an emancipated minor

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It has been held that a child's enrollment as a cadet at West Point is an emancipation event. Upon enrollment the child is deemed to be on active duty in the military.
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Emancipation by military enlistment. Minors can become emancipated by enlisting in the United States Armed Forces. But since military policies currently require enlistees to have a high school diploma or GED, most young people are at least 17 or 18 before they become emancipated through enlistment.
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A 17-year-old boy is brought to an outpatient clinic and requires sutures to close a laceration on
his left calf sustained during football practice at his prep school, a military academy where he lives
full-time on campus. His parents live in another state, approximately 800 miles from the school;
the doctor is unable to reach either parent by telephone. From whom does the doctor receive
permission to treat the boy?
A. The boy himself; he is an emancipated minor
B. The Dean of Students at the prep school
C The boy's football coach
D. The boy's 18-year-old teammate who accompanied him to the clinic
E. The boy's family physician in his hometown
ans is not A.

but ans is B. its from kaplan lecture notes and they did not give any nice expln.

i think boy is in boarding school so the dean is his gaurdian.

suturing a laceration on left calf i guess is not limb or life saving procedure...thought?
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I don't believe that's the correct answer.

United States Military Academy Preparatory School

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Students at USMAPS are known as Cadet Candidates (often abbreviated to "CCs"); board and tuition are free and they are paid a small stipend as they are active members of the U.S.Army.
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ans is not A.

but ans is B. its from kaplan lecture notes and they did not give any nice expln.

i think boy is in boarding school so the dean is his gaurdian.

suturing a laceration on left calf i guess is not limb or life saving procedure...thought?
which kaplan notes? could you please give details?
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The thing is he has to get a high school diploma before official recruitment, and since he is in prep school,he would have to finish it first and then enlist in order to be emancipated... Right?
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which kaplan notes? could you please give details?
Kaplan Psychiatry notes.
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A 17-year-old boy is brought to an outpatient clinic and requires sutures to close a laceration on
his left calf sustained during football practice at his prep school, a military academy where he lives
full-time on campus. His parents live in another state, approximately 800 miles from the school;
the doctor is unable to reach either parent by telephone. From whom does the doctor receive
permission to treat the boy?
A. The boy himself; he is an emancipated minor
B. The Dean of Students at the prep school
C The boy's football coach
D. The boy's 18-year-old teammate who accompanied him to the clinic
E. The boy's family physician in his hometown
A......????
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Ok......got it.....nice question BTW
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So could anyone tell me wat exactly is the answer?
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I think there are two possible answers, but B is the most likely. The answer from the book is B. The Dean of Students. In U.S. high schools, the Dean serves as in loco parentis for the children, so he or she can give consent for medical treatment of a student if a parent is unavailable. This answer assumes that the 17-y/o is a student in a military academy boarding school - generally a high school, and the students are not considered emancipated. There are around 50 of these schools in the U.S.

However, mbbs2010, Novobiocin and others have discovered another possible correct scenario in which he would be considered an emancipated minor (A). This would be if he were at one of the five Federal Service Academies (of which USMAPS, or West Point Prep, is one). These are post-secondary schools, so most of the students are 18 or over, but theoretically you could get in as a 17-year-old.

So A could be correct, but B is much more likely. From the phrasing of the question, the kid is in a military prep high school. This means that, at 17 years of age, he is still a minor, and the Dean of Students still needs to give consent as in loco parentis.
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