Hi Dr. W, I don't know if you'd like to publish this for anyone who's starting out in medicine, from a professional patient who has met dozens of drs. The absolute best question I'm ever asked at first visit is, "What are your expectations of me as your physician? What goals do you have in mind?" It’s a lot better than the ususal "What brings you in," because it makes me feel this dr is genuinely invested in helping me. Whenever things start out like that it makes the rest easier.
This is an excellent question. So much confusion and irritation is caused by unclear expectations. Getting it straight from the beginning is very helpful for both sides.