While protesting his employer’s coronavirus vaccine mandate in July, Sanford eye doctor and Paul TenHaken donor Mick Vanden Bosch said, “I’m not against the vaccine per se, although I have my issues… I’m against mandating it.”
At another dreary rally of selfish and misinforming malcontents in Sioux Falls yesterday, Dr. Vanden Bosch straight up said he considers the covid-19 vaccines “dangerous” and explained how he came to a conclusion contraindicated by all medical evidence:
The crowd Tuesday did include some Sanford Health employees, most notably a man dressed in a white lab coat, wearing his Sanford Health ID badge.
The man, Dr. Mick Vanden Bosch, an ophthalmologist with Sanford Health, said he was joining the rally to lend credibility to their protest, like he’s done at previous, similar events.
He said he believes the COVID-19 vaccine is dangerous. That’s despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, broad approval of the vaccine from the scientific and medical communities and the endorsement of the Food and Drug Administration, whose approval process is considered the gold standard worldwide.
Vanden Bosch said he gets most of what he believes about COVID-19 vaccines from his wife, a stay-at-home mom and a nurse by training who has spent “a lot of time” researching the topic online, he said [Jeremy Fugleberg, “Group Protests Against Covid-19 Vaccine Mandates Across from Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls,” Fargo InForum, 2021.09.14].
So Vanden Bosch comes in his uniform and badge, deliberately using his employer’s ID while skipping work to give credence to falsehoods, yet he bases his false claims not on his own medical experience or expertise but on his wife’s Googling.
Dr. Vanden Bosch was appending the title of “Doctor” to his name and professing publicly to be a physician. Under SDCL 36-4-9, that simple act constitutes practicing medicine.
Under SDCL 36-4-29, the South Dakota Board of Medical and Osteopathic Examiners may cancel, revoke, suspend, or limit the license of any physician who engages in unprofessional or dishonorable conduct. SDCL 36-4-30 defines several actions as unprofessional conduct, including “(22) Any practice or conduct which tends to constitute a danger to the health, welfare, or safety of the public or patients or engaging in conduct which is unbecoming a person licensed to practice medicine.”
Using one’s medical title to spread false information based on uncited and unreliable sources that endangers the health of the public and one’s own patients sound unbecoming to me.
Dr. Vanden Bosch also appears to be violating the Principles of Medical Ethics adopted by the American Medical Association, which states that physicians “shall uphold the standards of professionalism, be honest in all professional interactions,” “continue to study, apply, and advance scientific knowledge”, “make relevant information available to patients, colleagues, and the public,” and “recognize a responsibility to participate in activities contributing to the improvement of the community and the betterment of public health.” Uncited hearsay Googling doesn’t constitute professional study or relevant information. Telling lies at an anti-vax protest under the color of medical license is dishonesty in a professional interaction that undermines public health and the profession.
Vaccines aren’t dangerous. Unprofessional doctors like Mick Vanden Bosch are. It’s time for some professional discipline against this lying doctor.