How do I deal with an egotistical doctor?

MDs are sometimes known for having over-inflated egos, which can be as grating as a crying baby in a movie theater.  Unfortunately, you can’t walk out on your career like you can a movie.
Keep a few things in mind:

1. Arrogance is often a cover for feelings of inferiority. This often works in the patient’s favor, as the doctor will work harder to keep from being seen as inferior.

2. Egotistical behavior is no measurement of abilities.  You may not like the way the doctor is treating you, it may be inappropriate or rude but as long as he/she is appropriate, attentive and proactive in providing care for the patient, you must put your feelings aside.

3. You may never be able to get past the doctor’s ego; however, you will have to figure out a way to communicate properly in order for the patient to get proper diagnosis and treatment. Don’t be intimidated and don’t feel as though you have to make friends. Don’t be afraid to add your input, even if it means a whole lot of arrogant backlash. Put the patient’s well-being ahead of all things.

4. You bring up a potential mistake to this doctor and you’ll most likely yield nothing but defensive anger.  If you think the doctor’s arrogance may be harmful to a patient, talk with the doctor in private. If that doesn’t work, talk with an administrator. Doctors fall under some quality assurance spectrum as well, no matter how long they have been there and how senior they might be.

There is often a board at the hospital composed of doctors who will tell the trouble making MD that complaints (anonymous) have been echod against him/her. The doctor is encouraged to improve his/her behavior. At the end of the day, it helps to remember that doctors, like nurses, have stressful jobs and sometimes may take out frustrations on those in their workplace.

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