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Old 08-10-2013, 03:36 PM
 
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So yesterday I went for an eye check up ...certain eye condition. I was summoned to a room with a real doctor as well as a doctor's assistant. Unfortunately I ended up at the hands of the assistant. In the room there was a patient being attended to by the real doctor, while I suffered at the hands of the assistant. Since we were all in the same room, I naturally overheard her convo with the real doctor.

I noticed she was constantly referring to the real doctor as ""madam doctor"". When the doctor was done with her, she fished into her bag & handed the doctor a jar of jam. She then proceeded to go on about how she had labored over the jam & it was all home-made blah blah blah.

Now, I'm still perplexed about this, I have never seen anyone do this before. Now I have a follow up at the same place in six months and I would like to think its routine and her check up is in six months as well.

My fear is that this time around it was a coincidence that she saw the real doctor while I suffered at the hands of a trainee, but if we are scheduled for the same day , I fear that since she gifted the doctor with a jar of jam and I had nothing if we end up in the same room she will automatically get the real doctor she gifted and I will end up with the assistant.

Now the appointment was at 8am and I can not imagine that she got up at 6 to make some jam for the doctor.

What kind of tomfoolery is this. This has to be the worst case of brown nosing I have ever seen. There is no telling if the doctor even bothered to take the jar of jam with her.

Just had to vent.

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Old 08-10-2013, 04:32 PM
 
Location: Brentwood, Tennessee
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What kind of doctor sees two patients in the same room??
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Old 08-10-2013, 04:34 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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Very strange experiences the OP has. Every single one.
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Old 08-10-2013, 04:46 PM
 
Location: NoVa
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Are you in the USA? It is against patient confidentiality for 2 patients to be examined at the same time in the same room.

This was an eye dr?

The patient or the assistant had the jam?

If it was the patient then yes, patients bring things for the drs and drs staff all the time. Whether it is eaten is another question.

None of this post makes sense to me at all.
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Old 08-10-2013, 04:50 PM
 
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I have never been to a doctor that would exam 2 patients in the same room,what about privacy?? If it bothered you that much why not ask to see the real doctor,also I doubt the doctor cares about a gift, I wouldn't eat something homemade by a stranger.
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Old 08-10-2013, 04:52 PM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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I've seen this type of thing quite a bit, and even done it a few times. It's not brown nosing, it's just a small gift. Sometimes, esp older people, like to make jams and such but have nobody to share them with. A dr, esp with older people, is someone they see quite a bit. Not really a friendship, but a little more than a dr/patient. They feel appreciation and show it.
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Old 08-10-2013, 04:53 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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You know OP, you could make the Dr. some apple butter:

Not sure how to handle these rude neighbours
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Old 08-10-2013, 05:08 PM
 
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I've seen this type of thing quite a bit, and even done it a few times. It's not brown nosing, it's just a small gift. Sometimes, esp older people, like to make jams and such but have nobody to share them with. A dr, esp with older people, is someone they see quite a bit. Not really a friendship, but a little more than a dr/patient. They feel appreciation and show it.

IMO its brown nosing based on the following: The jam was prepared before the actual doctor's visit. Now on the RARE instances I gift people, I at least wait to see if the service is good then gift accordingly after.

No way do I prepare gifts ""just in case"" the service is good.

Reading is fundemantal. Someone up there asked what kind of doctor sees two eople at the same time, if you refer to my original post, there was a doctor & a doctor's assistant of sorts. And to the person that asked who had the jam, it was the other lady (patient)in the room.

With regards to the two patient thing, yeah even I was shocked, but I guess new doctors have to start somewhere. The newbie doctor did on occassion(much to my annoyance) ask the real doctor how much coloring stuff to put, e.g. she had to put a yellow liquid in my eye & I was supposed to see all yellow but she did not put enough so the doctor asked her to put more. This was at a hospital by the way. A special wing for atients with a specific eye problem.
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Old 08-10-2013, 05:19 PM
 
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IMO its brown nosing based on the following: The jam was prepared before the actual doctor's visit. Now on the RARE instances I gift people, I at least wait to see if the service is good then gift accordingly after.

No way do I prepare gifts ""just in case"" the service is good.

Reading is fundemantal. Someone up there asked what kind of doctor sees two eople at the same time, if you refer to my original post, there was a doctor & a doctor's assistant of sorts. And to the person that asked who had the jam, it was the other lady (patient)in the room.

With regards to the two patient thing, yeah even I was shocked, but I guess new doctors have to start somewhere. The newbie doctor did on occassion(much to my annoyance) ask the real doctor how much coloring stuff to put, e.g. she had to put a yellow liquid in my eye & I was supposed to see all yellow but she did not put enough so the doctor asked her to put more. This was at a hospital by the way. A special wing for atients with a specific eye problem.
I noticed you didn't answer the question as to what country you're in.

And a physician's assistant can be quite competent. They're in between a doctor and a nurse practitioner. Unless you mean it was a medical student.

Either way I never heard of two patients in the same exam room at the same time.
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Old 08-10-2013, 05:20 PM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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now that I think of it, 2 patients in the room at the same time is a HIPPA violation. Report it.
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