* * Anonymous Doc

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Spent the day in gynecology clinic yesterday.

I don't know what motivates some people to become doctors. Particularly what motivates people to choose certain specialties when they seem to have no real interest-- animosity even-- toward patients with the particular issues they're supposed to be trying to treat.

This guy had one solution for every problem. Stop having so much sex. Fewer partners. "Keep your legs closed." "You won't get this again if you aren't so promiscuous." "You want birth control? How about underwear. How about you use self-control as birth control instead." "You were sexually assaulted? Go to trauma clinic. I don't deal with that here."

I found myself apologizing to most of his patients after he left the room. Never a good situation when the resident has to apologize for the attending. Thing is, everyone knows this guy is a lunatic. The clinic manager apologized when she assigned me to shadow him. "If you'd gotten here early, I could have given you someone else. I'm sorry." Early? I got there on time. Why would I want to get to clinic early?

And, yes, I'm reporting this guy to the medical director.


  1. I'm a scribe, and I see a lot of doctors like this in the ER. It's like they're having a bad day (life?) and projecting it on the patients. And other scribes share my opinion. It's a shame.

  2. That doctor is doing more harm than good with his comments. Isn't there some oath or something about that?

    I'm glad you mentioned you're reporting him. I hope it does some good.

    - KrisW

  3. God, thank you for reporting him. THANK YOU. I went to see an OB/GYN in a small town because I wanted an IUD. Guy actually had the nerve to tell me I shouldn't get an IUD, because I should stop sleeping around, marry a virgin, and have procreative sex. I stood up, said "This appointment is over," walked out, and ruined my grand exit by bawling in the waiting room while telling my mother, "That man just called me a whore!"

    It took a year before I went to another gyno, who was Planned Parenthood and gave me an IUD and told me how smart I was to pick such great protection. So, yeah, a-holes like that have a pretty big impact on young women like me. Not to put too fine a point on it, I hope he dies in a fire.

  4. For years I was going to PEDIATRIC specialists who were like this (not obgyns and they were calling me a whore or anything) but they were saying rude comments, making fun of me and making me cry from age 13-16 and dismissing me for all those years. Turns out I had a spinal cord cyst and benign tumor that's what was making my legs go numb and making me pee myself... Go figure... suffered for that long I thought I was crazy because of them.

  5. I once worked with a Pediatrician who was like this. Went on a tirade to me about one of her teenage patients who'd had (she thought) an abortion the previous year, then proceeded to treat the patient like crap. 30 minutes after the visit, she realized that it was the patient's sister who'd had the abortion (not that it matters). Oops.

    I'm glad you reported that doctor. Keep us posted if you hear anything about how it turns out.

  6. I think I am in love with you for reporting him. I would totally go out with you if I were a girl.

  7. Wow that sounds so awful! I couldn't imagine ever being like that! Our office treats our patients with such respect, and our scribe from http://www.scribeamerica.com/outpatient_benefits.html would never have to apologize on our behalf!!