Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Dear Dr. Dumpster,

I appreciate you sending Mr. Etoh to my practice.

We had an appointment scheduled for him, but after further review of your notes I cancelled it, as I feel seeing him at this time won't be possible.

It was very helpful that you sent his MRI reports, and the EMG findings, and the list of medications he'd tried in the past.

But most helpful was the handwritten note (and I recognize your handwriting) on the last page of the fax, which simply stated "December 14, 2009. Mr. Etoh came to appointment inebriated and punched receptionist. Police notified, patient fired from practice. Told to see a neurologist, given Dr. Grumpy's name."

Anyway, it looks like I'm not currently accepting his insurance, whatever it is (even if it's cash), and have referred him to my former colleagues at Humungous Neurology, Inc.

Wishing you a Merry Christmukah,

Ibee Grumpy, M.D.


Celeste said...

I love that you stand up for your staff and won't take a risk on a repeat of this man's behavior. I'm also glad the handwritten information was shared with you in time to avoid harm to any of your staff. Close call!

myoclonicjerk said...

I'm disappointed in Dr. Dumpster. If he truly wanted to step up to his title, he would have buried that little addendum, in fine print.

Grumpy, M.D. said...

Yeah, I think it wasn't supposed to be sent.

stewbert said...

That's hilarious that he included it, and good for you for canceling the appointment and keeping your staff safe! Wow.

Lilorfnannie said...

Maybe the receptionist that got punched "accidentally" included that handwritten bit when she faxed it to you!!

Yeah, like the others said- close call, & good for you standing up for your staff!!

Grumpy, M.D. said...

I will ALWAYS stand up for my staff.

They are my friends and extended family.

Without them I wouldn't have a practice.

Kim said...

Doc, I sincerely hope that when I graduate from Hygiene school, I'm privileged enough to find employment with a dentist who values his staff the way you value yours!

OMDG said...

Wouldn't he be Dr. Dump-er? You'd be Dr. Dumpster in this case.... Lucky you!

Grumpy, M.D. said...

Old MD Girl- Good point. But Dumpster sounded less excretory.

ndenunz said...

Let me guess- Dr. Dumpster gives you about two referrals a year and both of them are these type of "stellar patients". With referring Dr.s like this who needs enemies?

OMDG said...

Perhaps Dr. Dump-er deserved the name. So nice of him to pass his belligerent problem patient on to another unsuspecting doctor's office!

mommy-medic said...


what a great blog story his visit would have made though!!! Just have the mace on hand.....


The Rizesse Man said...

Do any of the doctors at Humungous Neurology, Inc., have a blog?

Anonymous said...

I wish some of my past employers had stood up for their workers like you do!

To that, I will wish that your Diet Coke always be fizzy and delicious!

(Why does that sound wrong?)

ignorant said...

If the patient had not been violent, what can you as a neurologist do for an alcoholic?

Or did he have other problems, as well?

Grumpy, M.D. said...

He had other issues, but I don't want to deal with a patient of this sort, regardless of what they have.

ERRN4U said...

Just out of curiosity is the dumping doctor obligated by law to refer the patient he fired to another practitioner? Or is it just a (ahem) "courtesy". In other words can you fire a patient for just cause?

Seems to me that it then becomes the responsibility of the patient to find new care -- after he gets out of jail for assault.


Grumpy, M.D. said...

ERRN4U- varies from state-to-state. Here it's a "courtesy". Or, in this case, a discourtesy.

GeePee said...

So are your colleagues at Humungous Neurology, Inc. going to form the same opinion of you that you now have of Dr. Dumpster?

Grumpy, M.D. said...

GP- Who cares? In the part of town they practice they have security guards in the lobby.

The Evil Receptionist said...

I once had a pain management patient throw her keys at me through my window because *I* wouldn't change the date on her prescription. I picked up her keys and put them in my drawer, which enraged her even more.

I told her she could have them back when she apologized. She's still a patient there, amazingly enough.

donna said...

OMG !! My mouth is still open! One
question: What in the world did you
do to this doctor? JK I know from
being a grumphite that the freaks,
mental/demented, and those with very
simple minds without the benefit of
an illness....FLOCK to you droves!
Oh, the humanity.

Wonderful Christmas and a safe and
happy new year to you and yours.
Also the same shout out to fellow

Doctor D said...

Lemme guess, Mr. EtOH was being referred to Neurology to work up his "unexplained falls" right?

It never ceases to amaze me how many million dollar syncope work-ups are done on drunktards! It strikes me that the blood alcohol level of 300 explains the fall well enough.

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