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Old 06-18-2016, 03:50 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles>Little Rock>Houston>Little Rock
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She's an MD and I like her fine.
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Old 06-19-2016, 06:02 AM
 
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The best orthopedic surgeon I have seen is a DO- the most important thing is how good the doctor is and how you relate to them. There's really no difference between MD and DO- any real differences in the medical school education is made up in residency and in years of treating patients.
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Old 06-24-2016, 01:37 AM
 
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The best orthopedic surgeon I have seen is a DO- the most important thing is how good the doctor is and how you relate to them. There's really no difference between MD and DO- any real differences in the medical school education is made up in residency and in years of treating patients.
Agreed, and the free market often determines that. There is a reason a physician, whether they be DO or MD, is booked out and very busy. In my experience, certain physicians are popular and busy for a reason. If patients like them, there is usually a reason why. I remember booking an appointment with a dermatologist once. All of the other dermatologists had a 6 week wait, but this one had an opening the same week.

During my appointment, the doctor walked in and went straight to his desktop computer. And he didn't introduce himself or make eye contact with me. He just typed in his EMR. He didn't even examine me and I had to ask him to look at my rash. He was out of the room in 5 minutes and gave me a topical steroid. I understood why he was so easy to get into. He was a terrible doctor. And this was an M.D. who trained in a very competitive specialty. I learned a valuable lesson that day about judging people based on their credentials alone.

Here is another way to judge a doctor: check out their staff. Generally in my experience, if the nurses and other staff are happy and treat patients well, it's usually a reflection of their doctor's attitude and personality. Whenever I have received bad service from staff, the doctor is also usually rude or shares a similar disposition.
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Old 06-24-2016, 01:43 AM
 
Location: Lexington, Kentucky
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My Primary care Provider is an MD - a Doctor of Internal Medicine.
I have no complaints! Except that maybe she is a little test crazy at times and makes me go twice a
year.
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Old 06-24-2016, 09:36 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Agreed, and the free market often determines that. There is a reason a physician, whether they be DO or MD, is booked out and very busy. In my experience, certain physicians are popular and busy for a reason. If patients like them, there is usually a reason why. I remember booking an appointment with a dermatologist once. All of the other dermatologists had a 6 week wait, but this one had an opening the same week.

During my appointment, the doctor walked in and went straight to his desktop computer. And he didn't introduce himself or make eye contact with me. He just typed in his EMR. He didn't even examine me and I had to ask him to look at my rash. He was out of the room in 5 minutes and gave me a topical steroid. I understood why he was so easy to get into. He was a terrible doctor. And this was an M.D. who trained in a very competitive specialty. I learned a valuable lesson that day about judging people based on their credentials alone.

Here is another way to judge a doctor: check out their staff. Generally in my experience, if the nurses and other staff are happy and treat patients well, it's usually a reflection of their doctor's attitude and personality. Whenever I have received bad service from staff, the doctor is also usually rude or shares a similar disposition.
Had the same experience recently with the doctor who did my last colonoscopy and hubbies urologist. Both had reputations as very good doctors, but lacking in any interest in getting to know the patient. In both cases we choose another doctor as did many of our friends.

Being comfortable with your doctor is as important as anything.
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Old 06-24-2016, 09:37 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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My Primary care Provider is an MD - a Doctor of Internal Medicine.
I have no complaints! Except that maybe she is a little test crazy at times and makes me go twice a
year.
I think many doctors are going overboard with tests and referrals now days.
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Old 06-25-2016, 09:13 PM
 
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I think many doctors are going overboard with tests and referrals now days.
You can thank lawyers for that. Doctors do order too many tests and referrals because there are so many frivolous lawsuits filed against them. One of the most common reasons for being sued is not referring out and for not ordering enough tests. It doesn't matter if someone has an incredibly rare disease that had an atypical presentation. The lawyers pour through the case and if they see that you didn't refer to a specialist or order specific tests, you are screwed. Doctors need protection against frivolous litigation.

Doctors don't enjoy ordering too many tests and referrals. It's more work and takes up more of their time in terms of paperwork and staff time. They would love to be honest and tell you what they think but in this age, they can't practice that way due to the current legal environment. 30 years ago, a kid who bumps his head and winds up in the ER is given Ibuprofen and sent home. Now they get a CT scan or an MRI and may even be admitted overnight for observation. Because in the rare event the kid has a subdural or epidural bleed and they missed it, they will be sued for millions.

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Old 06-26-2016, 11:37 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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You can thank lawyers for that. Doctors do order too many tests and referrals because there are so many frivolous lawsuits filed against them. One of the most common reasons for being sued is not referring out and for not ordering enough tests. It doesn't matter if someone has an incredibly rare disease that had an atypical presentation. The lawyers pour through the case and if they see that you didn't refer to a specialist or order specific tests, you are screwed. Doctors need protection against frivolous litigation.

Doctors don't enjoy ordering too many tests and referrals. It's more work and takes up more of their time in terms of paperwork and staff time. They would love to be honest and tell you what they think but in this age, they can't practice that way due to the current legal environment. 30 years ago, a kid who bumps his head and winds up in the ER is given Ibuprofen and sent home. Now they get a CT scan or an MRI and may even be admitted overnight for observation. Because in the rare event the kid has a subdural or epidural bleed and they missed it, they will be sued for millions.
you are so right about that. I am going through a situation right now. I won't go into detail, but I know the extra ordered procedure (in this case) has to do with the slight chance I could have cancer. I am willing to sign a paper, if I have to, that I am aware of the possibility.
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Old 06-26-2016, 12:14 PM
 
Location: S. FL (hell for me-wife loves it)
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I can't read threads like this. Please write things out in full English words. The acronyms in the title alone would keep me from commenting. It's like a guessing game.

"Is Your PCP an MD or a DO and how good or bad?"

How come I have to google 2 or 3 of these just to know what the heck you're talking about? 'PCP' has several meanings, as does 'DO.' Thankfully the Health and Wellness forum narrowed it down, but why should some of us have to guess?

It will certainly narrow down your audience.

Not meant to be harsh, but the keyboard is your friend.

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Old 06-26-2016, 03:29 PM
 
Location: Prescott AZ
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OK, so sorry. I really meant no harm and just thought everyone knew what these abbreviations were.

Have a medical background, and sometimes I forget others do not.
SO, is your Primary Care Physician a Medical Doctor, or a Doctor of Osteopathy? And do you like him/her? Hope that's better...
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