Well, I was never really gone…just on a little blogging hiatus as the new office gets up and running.
It appears than many of my new and prospective patients are Googling me, and many seem to have questions about who, exactly, I am. Therefore, I figured I’d make a little Frequently Asked Questions list.
Q: How old am I?
A: Old enough. Seriously, though, I think people are really asking one of two questions: “Is she some wet-behind-the-ears-fresh-out-of-school newbie?” or “Is she as old as the hills and 6 months away from retirement?” This answer is that I’m neither. I’m firmly in the middle-aged category. I graduated from medical school in 2000. I finished residency and chief residency in 2004, and I practiced in New Hampshire for 11 years before moving here.
Q: Where did I come from? Why did I move here?
A: I grew up in New Jersey. I lived in New Hampshire for 11 years before moving to Florida. I moved here to be closer to family and to get away from the endless snow and cold of New England.
Q:Where did I go to school? Where did I do my residency? Am I board-certified?
A: I went to medical school at the University of Rochester. I did my residency (and stayed for an additional year as Chief Resident) at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Manhattan. I am board-certified in Internal Medicine.
Q: Why is my schedule so open?
A: People say this like it’s a bad thing! Don’t you want to be able to get into see your doctor? We just opened about 2 1/2 months ago. If you want to get in quickly to see me, now’s the time! However, even once I get really busy, I always leave openings in my schedule to see people the same day. If you can’t get in to see your doctor when you’re sick, what’s the point?
Q: Will I have to wait forever in the waiting room?
A: No. I like to run a tight ship and stay on schedule. Patients can help me do this by making sure they arrive for their appointment on time.
Q: Will I listen to you? Or will I rush you out of the room and just push prescriptions at you?
A: I will listen to you. I am definitely not one to push prescriptions. When they’re needed that’s fine, but I like to emphasize lifestyle changes and healthy living.
Q: What hospital am I affiliated with?
A: I have privileges at Jupiter Medical Center.
Q: Can you call me Marni?
A: Sure. Call me whatever you want.
Q: What is “Marni” short for, anyway?
A: Nothing. That’s my full name.
Q: What happens if you get sick when the office is closed?
A: Call my office and you’ll get my answering service. I take my own calls, so they will patch you through to me, and we’ll talk about what to do.
Q: You have a doctor up north. Do you need to see me, also?
A: If you’re here for more than a couple of months, it’s a good idea to have a local primary care doctor. You never know when you might need someone, and it’s a good idea to have an existing relationship. I send copies of my office notes to your other primary care doctor.
Hopefully this answers your questions! If there’s anything I haven’t answered, feel free to write questions in the comments section!
Change is scary. When you’re leaving behind a busy, successful medical practice, terrific friends, a nice house, and beautiful scenery, it’s even more frightening.
Sometimes, though, you’ve just got to take the plunge, because change can also be a really, really good thing.
I’m happy to announce the opening of Primary Care Services of Jupiter Medical Specialists.
If anyone is in the Jupiter, FL area, stop on by to say hi!
More incredibly accurate office notes via my voice recognition software!
1. I’ve instructed her that she needs a new parous uterus as the one that she has is quite worn out.
I assure you, I’ve never told anyone that she needs a new uterus because her old one is worn out, just because it’s been used a couple of times. (What I actually said was that she needs a new pair of shoes.)
2. His visiting nurse called on Friday with concerns that he was gaining weight and that he had two falls, one backwards into a set of orders for amiodarone down the stairs.
This was just really weird, and I don’t know if it was a Dragon thing or a Microsoft thing. At any rate, there were just no spaces between any words.
Even Dragon knows that doctors are always thinking about playing golf!
Months! Not lungs!
Urination, UNH…po-tay-to, po-tah-toe.
That’s…an interesting way to choose a new doctor.
Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG)…not the vegetable.
9. He tells me that this year he really changed his diet and is now eating a pale yellow diet.
I guess that Dragon is not up on the latest paleo diet craze.
I believe he got his supply at the health food store, not scabies. If it was scabies, he really ought to re-think his shopping choices.
Marni’s Army hit the road again this year. Hard to believe it’s our 10th anniversary! Thanks to a fabulous group, I think we had our best year yet. Everyone was so dedicated, and I’m so proud of the progress of all our runners and walkers.
Be sure to check out all the pictures at the Facebook group!
Imagine, if you will, two scenes:
THE SETTING: A BUSY CAR REPAIR FACILITY. PHONES ARE RINGING. A CAR IS UP ON A LIFT. VARIOUS MECHANICAL NOISES IN THE BACKGROUND.
RING, RING! (PHONE RINGING)
MECHANIC: Hi, this is Joe’s Garage. How can I help you?
MRS. JONES: This is Mrs. Jones. I’ve been bringing my car to you for several years for repairs. I last brought it in about a year ago. Now it’s making a horrible noise whenever I apply the brakes! And sometimes the steering wheel does this crazy vibrating thing while I’m driving! It’s so bad sometimes I can barely hold onto it!
MECHANIC: Wow. I’m sorry to hear that. It sounds like it might be serious. Why don’t you bring the car right over so we can check things out?
MRS. JONES: No, I don’t want to bring the car in. Can’t you just tell me how to fix it over the phone?
MECHANIC: Errrr. Well. I’m not really sure what’s wrong. I have to drive the car and really take a good look at it to figure out the problem.
MRS. JONES: Well, I really don’t feel like paying to have you look at it. It’s so expensive! You just saw the car a year ago, isn’t that good enough? I really feel like you’re taking advantage of me.
MECHANIC: I’m sorry, Mrs. Jones. I’m not sure what to tell you. I really need to see the car.
MRS. JONES: This is ridiculous. You just want my money. I’m just going to keep driving the car. If it keeps making the funny noise I’ll just turn up the radio volume.
MECHANIC: Mrs. Jones, this could be serious! It could be dangerous to drive the car! You really need to get this checked out!!
MRS. JONES: Well, you should have thought of that before you got so greedy.
CLICK. DIAL TONE (MECHANIC IS LEFT STARING IN DISBELIEF AT THE PHONE)
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again- it’s bad practice to treat someone over the phone. Even the New Hampshire Board of Medicine agrees with me. So, I’ll continue to stick to my guns on this one. If it costs me a few patients, so be it.
They wrote a book about me!