The Egotistical Doctor

3 Feb

February 3, 2014

I was recently in the doctor’s office. No, not the waiting room, but this doctor’s private office. I sat across the desk from a fairly prominent cardiologist and talked about my health, etc. He was a pretty good guy and came across like he knew what he was talking about, and he better- it’s my heart we’re talking about. But before he came in I had a few minutes alone in the office and looked around. There were the usual degrees and diplomas on the wall, models and drawings of the human heart, reference books galore, all the stuff you’d expect. On his ornate desk, which was huge, were dozens of family photos. The doctor and his wife skiing, his kids sailing, the whole family on a tropical beach, etc, and pictures of them all with people I assume were celebrities but I honestly did not recognize.

But the pictures were all facing me.

Every picture faced the visitor, not the doctor. From where he was sitting, all he saw was the back of the frames. So obviously, these pictures were there for my benefit, not his. On my desk at work the pictures face me. I want to see them. They relax me, take me away from work for a few seconds. But the doctor’s pictures? I was supposed to be impressed by them.

Why? I don’t know, maybe it is simply the doctor’s ego. But do I want a doctor with a big ego? To a certain extent, yes. Not overly much, not overly confident, but I do want a doctor who has accomplished much and has a bit of an ego as opposed to a wishy-washy doctor who is in doubt of his diagnosis- especially in this case, when I was merely there as an insurance prerequisite.

If I have to look at his boring family vacation photos, then that’s the price I’ll pay.

What price won’t I pay?








4 Responses to “The Egotistical Doctor”

  1. Daniel Appleton February 3, 2014 at 12:29 am #

    Putting his credentials up on his office wall or an examining room = Justified. It even gives one a sense of security. But this guy was just bragging. Just like the people who send those neatly – typed / printed, 1 sheet letters along with their Christmas cards ( My dad used to call them ” brag sheets ” ).


    • bmj2k February 3, 2014 at 12:46 am #

      I never understood those brag sheets. I never got one, but I can imagine feeling pretty annoyed if I did.


  2. allenkeyes February 3, 2014 at 8:09 pm #

    Last time I was in a fancy doctors office was when I had an elbow twitch and this guy Lloyd who I really didn’t like that much but he thought he was my friend set up an appointment for me- and that doc was even the mayors personal physician! Unfortunately I banged my elbow against his desk and made my involuntary elbow twitch much worse! My friend Jerry wouldn’t let me live it down…..


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