Musings of a Dinosaur

A Family Doctor in solo private practice; I may be going the way of the dinosaur, but I'm not dead yet.

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Credit Where Credit is Due

My heart sings!

A letter in today's mail from an oncologist (granted, a cc on a letter to the surgeon, but still). Directly quoted:
As you know, Patient is a [age-and-menopausal-status-redacted] female who was in her usual state of excellent health until her primary care physician, Dr. Dino, astutely palpated a mass in the [specific location redacted] breast on routine physical examination.
Yes!! She mentioned me BY NAME! And even used the word "astutely"!!!

Now THIS is how to take a history. Pay attention, all you orthopods out there.

10 Comments:

At Thu Jun 04, 01:09:00 PM, Blogger HugeMD said...

Remember--they are surgeons. That's kind of a lot to expect doncha think?

 
At Thu Jun 04, 04:22:00 PM, Blogger Ambulance Driver said...

"Now THIS is how to take a history. Pay attention, all you orthopods out there."

Orthopedist's Law of The Heart: The purpose of the heart is to push Ancef to the bones.

Standard Ortho Consult: Bone broke, me fix.

I'll be here all week, folks. Try the veal, and remember to tip your waitress.

 
At Thu Jun 04, 04:40:00 PM, Blogger HugeMD said...

Yeah, they think the heart is to push Ancef to the bones, but NOT TOO HARD--poor anesthesiologists having to keep people's blood pressure in the crapper so there's no bleeding.

 
At Fri Jun 05, 09:26:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dr Dino,
I hope it was a letter from Dr. HC.
xoxoxoxox
MC

 
At Fri Jun 05, 09:48:00 AM, Blogger #1 Dinosaur said...

@MC: It was!

 
At Fri Jun 05, 10:27:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How can you tell which note is the Ortho consult note? It's the one written in crayon.

Orthopods only have two options when writing their daily progress notes. Option one is LGFD, standing for "looks good from door". The other option is LBFD, or "looks bad from door" which is quickly followed by "Consult Medicine."

 
At Fri Jun 05, 05:25:00 PM, OpenID crankylitprof said...

Are you sure they didn't mean "ass-toot?" (A misspelling, by the way, that I got in a paper from a nursing student last week.)

 
At Fri Jun 05, 10:02:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

All you're really asking for is credit where credit is due. How amazing somebody will give it to you.

 
At Sat Jun 06, 12:16:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had a cardiologist tell me he doesn't know what he's hearing. He just orders an echo. Stop working so hard. Just order an MRI

 
At Mon Jun 08, 09:24:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmmm...

"was in her usual state of excellent health until her primary care physician"

Kind of reads like it's your fault to me :*)

 

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