My third writing assignment in rhetoric 160 is a job communication analysis. I will take a look into the daily problem for a neurologist and what he must do in order to solve these problems effectively. Being a doctor means much more than just making a lot of money and seeing a few patients a day. If you choose a specialty in medicine, and decide to start your own private practice – you must make many decisions on a daily basis.
The patients that are scheduled for you to see come in with a multitude of problems, the people that work behind the desk for you, the office manager with questions on how to run your office efficiently, the other doctors in your office, and many much more. One who takes on this role must process special attributes that not everybody has; kindness and caring for strangers, patience, listening skills, ability to diagnose problems on a whim, and also a certain business sense. The doctor is often the one who saves your life or makes it easier to live. Dr. Conrad Finkelman, a senior neurology specialist at the Neurological Help Center of Michigan is a very popular and well-respected man in the field. Dr.
Finkelman on a daily basis will see 30 return patients, 10 new patients, and a multitude of other doctors in passing. His job demands on a constant basis he uses all the special attributes, as well as his own sense of being. Information Problem Today in the office Dr. Finkelman has agreed to take on a young medical student, also known as a resident. Dr. Abdul Heinz has come to do a two-week rotation in the neurology field with Dr.
... wait at least two weeks to see if the patients problem persists. The doctor could then make the educational suggestion that drug treatment ... antidepressants to her. She went home from the psychiatrist s office with her new medication in the palm of her hand ... need to be on the drug on a long-term basis, try to stop taking these drugs because they are feeling ...
Finkelman. Dr. Heinz also is new to this country. He came from Iraq where he got his medical degree and came to the United States to do his residency. The few patients of the day go well for the doctors and everything goes well.
However the 11: 45 am patient Ms. Hans hi Moto presents a problem. Dr. Heinz has never treated a female patient; in Iraq the men only treat other men.
After walking into the patients’ room, Dr. Heinz storms out of the room and Dr. Finkelman quickly excuses himself and runs after him, and finally catches up with him. Dr. Finkelman: Dr. Heinz? What just happened in there? We haven’t even begun treating that lady and you ran out.
Is everything all right? Dr. Heinz: Sorry Doctor, I have never treated a woman before… they always went to other female doctors. Is this how things are done in America? Do you think it would be all right for me to not help this lady and send her to another physician? Dr. Finkelman: Absolutely not. In America, we don’t discriminate based on sex (or anything else for that matter).
If you are going to practice here, I feel that you will encounter many situations like this everyday, especially if you are interested in practicing neurology. This woman is ailing and has come to you for help, if you turn her away based on her sex, you will have violated the oath you took when you completed medical school. Dr. Heinz: Yes sir. I see your right. We are no longer in Iraq, I can talk to my family about this, I’m sure they will not have a problem, after all, she is a sick woman and I can help her get better.
I’m sorry for storming off, can we please go back in there. Persuasion Problem Its Friday morning in the office and like every Friday, the senior partners sit down and go over the office’s inter-workings in a closed-door meeting. It seems as if the office is considering purchasing brand new apple computers to run the front desk (used to schedule patients, printing test confirmations, printing referrals, etc. ) and one-doctor points out that he personally uses an apple and its simple and easy to use. Dr. Finkelman however disagrees.
... she is imposing on Mrs. Jackson's autonomy. Also, the patient doctor relationship is based on trust in between the parties involved ... course of treatment unwillingly would also destroy this trust between patient and doctor. If Mrs. Jackson is forced into radiation and ... . The need for informed consent arises in cases where doctor and patient disagree about a particular course of treatment. Dr. Lowell ...
Buying new apple computers for a fraction of the office would not work he points out because the format of the apple computer would be different than those using a PC. While half of the office would be working on one computer, the other half couldn’t have computers that were of the same origin and couldn’t ‘talk’ to each other, making it very hard to have one employee help another if need be. In the end the other doctors saw it his way and purchased regular PC’s for the front desk. Ethical Problem Friday’s 2: 30 pm appointment shows up. He is a good friend of Dr.
Finkleman’s wife. After suspicion that he was having seizures, Stephen Gottfried had an EEG test (which measures brain waves) and it showed that he has had seizure activity in the past two weeks. When confronting Stephen about it, he denies it. He tells the patient that since you have had seizures you cannot drive for six months past the last time you had an episode. Stephen goes crazy upon hearing this news (even though he already knew it), “I cant believe your doing this to me, you and I both know I’m safe to drive, I rely on driving for my job, my life depends on me driving places.” Dr.
Finkelman is in a tough situation, He must make sure Stephen does not drive for six months but he cannot afford to burn his bridge with his wife’s’ friend. He tells Stephen that if he continues to drive he cannot be seen in this office again, and must sign a form stating that this is the case. After arguing back and forth Stephen finally agrees, and Dr. Finkelman is saved from a bigger ethical dilemma. In the end, the typical day of a doctor is not simply wake up late, see patients, make the big bucks, and drive home in the nice sports car. There are many inter-workings of an office that also come included in the territory.
While everybody dreams as a kid of being a doctor or lawyer it certainly is not for everybody.