New consult in emergency room this morning. Middle aged male.
Me: So why did you decide to switch cardiologists?
Patient: A friend told me about the practice.
Me: But you are in the process of getting on the heart transplant list….changing doctors will definitely slow the process. This is a matter of life or death.
Patient: Well, listen. I only want White, American, Jewish doctors. Like I did growing up. (Note: patient was not Jewish)
Me: Wow just out there huh?……(collecting thoughts) well the doctor is not Jewish
Patient: That’s fine, just as long he ain’t another Indian like the last group.
Me: Well the last group just saved your life twice and began the tedious job of setting you up with a heart transplant. You should be grateful.
Patient: It can’t be that hard.
Me: Ok I got enough information. (Leaves room)