Do shake the patient's hand when it is proffered.
Do read the patient's medical notes.
Do reassure the patient that you have had a lot of experience dealing with this particular problem.
Do take the time to answer the patient's questions.
Do not walk in, glance at xray, glance at foot, pronounce:
"I treat this with physical therapy"
"Come back in four weeks" and start walking out of the room.
When the patient calls after you "Wait, can I work out with this?" do not yell over your shoulder as you continue down the corridor: "You can't run or jog, so I don't see how you can work out"
Unless you yourself physically treat the patient with physio, then you don't treat the patient, you oversee the treatment.
It cost me only $10 co-pay. I will find out later what it cost my HMO but I waited 90 minutes for a 90 second diagnosis that I had already got off the web a month ago.
I saw the OS a week ago and it has taken that long to recover my temper. One thing is certain, I will not be returning in four weeks.
A quick joke to prove my sense of humour has returned:
How do you hide a dollar bill from an orthopedic surgeon?
Put it in the chart.