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“At the end of every clinic day, pick a patient you saw earlier that day, and give him/her a quick call, 'just to see how they're doing'. Make your choice selfishly -- pick a patient that you feel good about, that you know will appreciate the call, and who won't take advantage of that call to wedge in another 'Oh, By The Way'. Those 2 minutes will make the patient feel like they have the best doctor in the world -- and will help remind you why you really became a doctor.”—
An attending in my residency program, explaining how to use “favoritism” as a reward for a hard day’s work. :)
(I could’ve sworn I’d posted this before, but the Archives have swallowed it up.)
TSK: Not sure what you want from me, lady...
- 50-something female patient (here for "painful urination for 8 days"): What took you so long to come back?
- Cranquis: Um, the urine test takes 3 minutes to run, sorry about that. The result definitely shows a bladder infection.
- Patient: Well DUH, I told you I had a bladder infection when I came in here, like FOREVER ago.
- Cranquis (glancing at computer, which shows she has been in our clinic for a grand total of 15 minutes so far): Well let me just send off the antibiotic prescription for you and...
- Patient: I don't want any antibiotics! I just wanted to confirm I had an infection.
- Cranquis (glancing at computer, which shows that it only FEELS like I've been in this room for FOREVER): ...
Health: Neurology, 6 Out Of 10 Patients Outside A Proper Care : http://newish.info/22679-health-neurology-6-out-of-10-patients-outside-a-proper-care
Bedside Manners: Patient Personalities 101
I’m currently on my psychiatry rotation at a major hospital in Chicago, and I have come to learn, and understand that as you progress in your medical training and career, you will encounter many different types of patients who have a wide range of personality traits and circumstances. These individuals will be faced with depression, terminal illnesses, chronic pain, addiction, and other problems. Some of them will be kind and a joy to see; others will be angry, frustrating, and challenging.
As a physician, you will need to get along with almost everybody well enough to do your job and, at the same time, develop a decent reputation. Your mission, of course, is to assure that your patients receive the best medical care that you can deliver, in a nonjudgmental way, no matter what their personal characteristics are. How well you accomplish this mission will in large part determine the kind of physician you are.
By carefully considering your patients’ personality traits and circumstances, you’ll be able to provide compassionate as well as scientific care to your patients. Keeping in mind that people are much more complex than any one of these characteristics, you might consider the following “types” of patients…