So true! They rarely read your file before the appointment. If you're lucky, they will be skimming through it as you are sitting there in front of them, but that uses up the limited time you have during your appointment.he only part that requires suspension of disbelief is that the other doctors actually read the file. Considering the number of times I have to repeat myself to the doctor after the nurse just put all those same notes in my file.
Game changer for me: I started writing one page summary letters that I send to them before the appointment. So far, the letter has been read prior to the appointment every time;
-Gives them the summary of your relevant medical data in a quick and easy to read format
-I can detail all of the questions and points that i want to discuss, including referencing any publications that I think should be taken into consideration or that I would like to discuss with them.
- The questions that I have will hopefully demonstrate that he can skip the 8th grade level 10 minute talk on "What is aortic stenosis?" and we can start the appointment getting right into the pertinent questions. Yeah, I got that talk from the esteemed Alfredo Trento at Cedar Sinai and had no time for my questions, which is when I started giving the pre-appointment letter.
Pro tip: At the research institutions most of the cardiologists and surgeons are published. Start out the letter giving praise for one of their recent publications: "I recently read your paper regarding performing early mitral valve operations before the development of atrial fibrillation published in JAMA in January and found it brilliant.." Butters them up real good and gets you on their right side and leads to them putting Gold Stars and Smiley Face stickers in your file instead of "Difficult Patient"