“When will I see the doctor?”
For those of us who are practicing PA’s, there is no shortage of this statement. Up and coming PA’s: get used to it.
I know for me, I expected to hear it. I have ZERO ego about someone who makes this statement to me. If you do, consider a different career.
I had a patient today who was fairly rude about the fact that I was not an MD/DO.
“Well when are you finishing school?”, “Did you go to Stanford?” (so random), etc etc.
I told this couple that there wasn’t a physician on site. We never have a physician on site. I further told them that I am licensed to do everything in a family practice setting that a MD/DO can do.
They still weren’t satisfied.
At which time I said “If you prefer to see a physician I suggest you contact your health insurance company for a provider in your network”.
Why did I let this go so easily?
Establishing a relationship and actually getting a patient like this to value your words is worse than slim to nil. They’re wasting their time, I’m wasting mine and honestly I probably open myself to a law suit HEAVEN FORBID the slightest thing goes wrong.
Dear patients, if you want to see the physician–I want you to as well.
But not before I educate you about how capable PA’s are 🙂