Friends, I will try again. (The last Thread took on a life that was not intended.
It is 1 am and I thought this sounded like a good thread. I hope that if I get to sleep and wake before going to work I can re-read this and still hope it sounds like a good idea. I notice comments in Posts and I have faced this myself. Do we, and if so, how much do we trust our doctors. You read the medical license that is sometimes posted on the walls in the exam rooms but it does not say, graduated 151 out of 152. At least he wasn't at the bottom right. There are places where you can check out doctors but I am not sure how reliable those sites are. We can get recommendations from other, read advertisements or like in my case, he is the only one for over 800 miles that would agree to see me. My questions are simple.
What criteria do you use to gauge how much you trust him or her? Do you simply trust him or her just because they have a degree and an office? What steps do you take to check out a doctor before going to see him. On my surgeon last year, I told him I checked him out (even though he was the only surgeon who would agree to see me). He asked me what I found out about him. I told him his wife's name, son and daughters names and what college they are attending, his political affiliation, awards received and some major medical interest causes he had been attached to as a donor. I knew when and where he went to med school and where he did his internship. He was impressed and maybe a little worried. I am not advocating all this was necessary, but what steps do you take before trusting a doctor to help you with major life issues?
Post Edited (TonyMcGuire) : 6/1/2009 9:28:47 PM (GMT-6)
fatherjohn, im really glad u posted this!
I have been to my fair share of bad doctors over the yrs. When i was about 18, i started getting really sick, chronic sinus infections, chest infections, ear infections, and alot of other issues! I had a few docs tell me that it was in my head, that i was making myself sick! WTH???
As i started looking for a gyn i had heard really good things about a specific doc in my area. I called my aunt who had worked for 20some yrs at the hospital, and she said he was the guy to see. I have been with him ever since. He is the only doc who will take me at MY word. I can go in and tell him im in pain, and i KNOW it's a ovarian cyst, and he would do an ultrasound and there it would be...he would NEVER make me wait for anything. His bedside manner is second to NONE. After 3 long yrs of trying to concieve, when i asked for his help, he asked me to see a hematologist. I went to the doc my gyn recommended.
Hematologist was a GREAT doc. Listens to every word, digs deeper than any doc i have ever seen. He is a hema/oncologist. I told him one day that i felt bad seeing him when he treats soooooo many sick people. His response was that he was intreged by me and that it was nice to have someone who was different that he could dig deep into. He ran sooooo much bloodwork, and found that i had clotting disorders, contributiong to my infertility/miscarrages, AND that i had an IMMUNE DEFICIENCY! My questions had been answered, all of my sinus, chest and other infections were a direct result of this immune def!
My gyn has seen me through TWO high risk pregnancies, two premature deliveries, many surgeries and most recent my hysterectomy at age 36! Anyone that he recommends is usually a doctor that he went to school with and i have LOVED all but one that he has recommended, and i had no problem going back to him and telling him to NEVER recommend that guy again! LOL
For me, recommendation by my first trusted doc is the way i have gone and have been lucky to have a group of doctors (ob/gyn, hematologist, rhumatologist, GI & PM) for the last 19yrs! I wish everyone has a group of doctors like i did! All i can say, is that if u don't like ur doc try, try again!
Can't read entire postings on the other page but copied and pasted my reply from there to here........alot of times Dr's have had malpractice strikes against them that don't tell the true story! My judgements and choices of Dr.s are based on how his/her office hums, you can usually tell by the office staff, if they care usually the Dr does too. If he listens, is open to hearing your questions and admitting he doesn't know something but is willing to check into it for you and makes you feel cared for or hopeful when there isn't anything else to do, asks how the pain level is, really wants to hear HOW you ARE DOING, REMEBERS your last visit (even if he has to read his notes), Offers you new treatments if he thinks it might help and makes you feel like you are his ONLY patient...well in my book thats the Dr. for me!!
Post Edited (White Beard) : 6/2/2009 11:34:16 PM (GMT-6)