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Old 10-12-2011, 04:15 PM
 
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I just want to point out a few things because I'm not sure anyone really understands where I'm coming from. Then, if you all still think I should let this go, that's what I will do. Thank you for the responses.


1) This doctor usually spends 30 min per patient unless there is a problem. If there is a problem, he allows another 10-20 minutes. My friend and her husband have other health problems and they were not fully addressed because they were rushed out.

2) If my friend had gotten the day and time mixed up, then they would still be scheduled for an appointment in the computer. Their name would be in there somewhere and it isn't. That indicates that the receptionist (or the computer) messed up, not my friend.

3) I don't give a crap about an apology. What I do care about is how this doctor now views me. He said something specifically to me that indicated that he thought we had just walked in for an appointment rather than schedule one. I feel that this makes me look bad to him, especially since he is considering hiring me. So all I want is for him to know that we scheduled an appointment and it somehow got messed up.
You dont know that your friend even called this doctor for an appointment. She may have called another doctor instead, especially if she has several different doctors, and just thought she had called this one. My elderly mother actually did that once.

And, after the error was discovered, your friend had the option to re-schedule her appointment to another day/time. The fact that the doctor was rushed at the end of the day isnt his fault. You should appreciate that he was willing to see her that day at all.

To be honest, if I were hoping to get a job with this doctor, I'd have offered to bring my friend back another day instead of insisting that she be allowed to see the doctor that day. That said, though, I do think you're making too much of this issue. Unless there's more to the story, I dont think this one situation is going to change the doctor's opinion of you. Good luck with the job!
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Old 10-12-2011, 06:52 PM
 
Location: Missouri
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I get where you are coming from. I would still let it go. Chances are, the doctor totally forgot about it within an hour of leaving the office. People walk in. Appointments get goofed. It happens, and I doubt he lost sleep over it and I doubt it affected his opinion of you. But he might think differently of you if he discovers you are still sweating something so small, days later.
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Old 10-12-2011, 08:59 PM
 
Location: Tucson for awhile longer
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I get where you are coming from. I would still let it go. Chances are, the doctor totally forgot about it within an hour of leaving the office. People walk in. Appointments get goofed. It happens, and I doubt he lost sleep over it and I doubt it affected his opinion of you. But he might think differently of you if he discovers you are still sweating something so small, days later.
I concur 100%.
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Old 10-13-2011, 05:06 PM
 
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Laissez-tomber. Drop it.

This is not an issue to pull the nuclear option out for...especially if you want a job.

I'd forget about an appointment goof with a patient by my drive home, but a patient that brought it up days later, after I spent a good amount of time with her would be a red flag. Remember he needs to know you can get along with the other staff and if you prove that you hold grudges it makes you look bad.
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Old 10-14-2011, 12:24 PM
 
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Ok, I will let this matter go. Thank you all, I appreciate the advice.

I do have one (or two) final questions that I just thought of:

When we go back in next week for a scheduled appointment (I'll call a day before to confirm the appointment), if the doctor mentions the previous "unscheduled" appointment, can I then tell him about the scheduling mixup? Or should I not bother saying anything at all, even if he's the one that brings it up?

Thanks again.
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Old 10-14-2011, 01:00 PM
 
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ittle, I suspect that you'll mention the mixup regardless of what the doctor does or doesnt say.

The doctor isnt going to bring up something as minor as an appointment mixup. But, when you find a way to bring it up yourself, she may see something in you with which he's not comfortable.

Are you going to try to convince her that the mixup was on the part of her staff? How will she feel about your working with the staff then? Or will she think that you always have to have the last word? Not a good impression of a potential employee.

I've read all your posts on the Employment and Unemployment forums about applying for a job with this doctor and I know you really want the job. I truly wish you good luck.

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Old 11-01-2011, 07:46 AM
 
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ittle, can you give us an update on what happened when you took your friend back for another doctor appointment last week? Did the doctor mention the mixup?
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