doctors and people skills

12 Nov

First things first. I admire and respect each and everyone who has had the nerve/patience/passion to devote his or hers life on becoming a doctor for the sole purpose of helping people. Doctors save lives. It can not get any better than that. I am full aware of that.

However there are a few things about some doctors with no people skills that have been bugging me for a while and I would really like to get them off my chest:

  • Please try to be human. Yes, you are a hero. Yes, you have the power to heal someone or even save his life. That does not mean that you can treat the patient’s family like shit.
  • Please take the minimum time needed to explain a thing or two to us, the patient’s relatives and in doing so please leave your cynical comments behind.
  • Yes, you are entitled to a quiet weekend without the non stop phone calls from patients. However, sicknesses and accidents can not be scheduled to happen midweek from 0900-1700. Try to be as courteous as possible.
  • Refrain yourself from behaving like an ass just because you might be the best in your field. Remember that you are out there because we need you and you need us. As simple as that.




6 Responses to “doctors and people skills”

  1. Ice Beautiful November 12, 2012 at 10:31 am #

    Thanks God I almost have never any bad experience with the doctors. Of course doctors (especially pediatricians) in Iceland are much more relaxed that in Lithuania but maybe it is for the better reasons 🙂

    • wonderlandbytatu November 12, 2012 at 10:41 am #

      Lucky you! It must be a Greek doc thing than 😉

      • Ice Beautiful November 12, 2012 at 11:33 am #

        For sure not! I have heard many stories of doctors insensitivity from my friends and relatives so many times. It looks like you had a very bad experience in these fields recently and I am very sorry about that!

  2. ramblingsfromamum November 13, 2012 at 11:52 am #

    Had a bad experience sweetness? 😦
    Our doctors are pretty cool over here..maybe it’s just the Australian way to be. Some are a tad too conceited for their own good and do try to impart the “I am a Doctor holier than thou” crap onto you, but in general most of them are ok.
    My only bad experience is when I did Tai Kwan Do and I hurt my forearm. I went to our local Clinic and he told me that I had a slight fracture so put me in this ridiculous cast (even after an X Ray). For 6 weeks I couldn’t do anything, even drive…the pain kept getting worse, he did another X Ray…only to turn sheepishly and say “Um there’s no fracture”… yes the pain was from having to wear the stupid cast for so long!!!!

    • wonderlandbytatu November 13, 2012 at 12:02 pm #

      yeap, I did have my share of bad experiences this year. Most recently I was bullied by my mom’s surgeon because I dared to phone him on a Saturday (midday), 1 day after my mom’s operation because I panicked as my mom’s blood pressure dropped suddenly and she fainted. He actually had the nerve to ‘forbid’ me to call him on his cell again since we were in the hospital and I could have easily contacted the chief nurse on call!

      • ramblingsfromamum November 13, 2012 at 12:11 pm #

        Oh darling I am so sorry – what a shite!
        Forbid you say…um what about the oath they take????The Oath

        I SWEAR by Apollo the physician, and Aesculapius, and Health, and All-heal, and all the gods and goddesses, that, according to my ability and judgment, I will keep this Oath and this stipulation — to reckon him who taught me this Art equally dear to me as my parents, to share my substance with him, and relieve his necessities if required; to look upon his offspring in the same footing as my own brothers, and to teach them this art, if they shall wish to learn it, without fee or stipulation; and that by precept, lecture, and every other mode of instruction, I will impart a knowledge of the Art to my own sons, and those of my teachers, and to disciples bound by a stipulation and oath according to the law of medicine, but to none others.
        I will follow that system of regimen which, according to my ability and judgment, I consider for the benefit of my patients, and abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous.
        I will give no deadly medicine to any one if asked, nor suggest any such counsel; and in like manner I will not give to a woman a pessary to produce abortion.
        With purity and with holiness I will pass my life and practice my Art.
        I will not cut persons laboring under the stone, but will leave this to be done by men who are practitioners of this work.
        Into whatever houses I enter, I will go into them for the benefit of the sick, and will abstain from every voluntary act of mischief and corruption; and, further from the seduction of females or males, of freemen and slaves.
        Whatever, in connection with my professional practice or not, in connection with it, I see or hear, in the life of men, which ought not to be spoken of abroad, I will not divulge, as reckoning that all such should be kept secret.
        While I continue to keep this Oath unviolated, may it be granted to me to enjoy life and the practice of the art, respected by all men, in all times! But should I trespass and violate this Oath, may the reverse be my lot!

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