When did all the doctors become Doogie Howsers?

Doogie Howser, M.D.

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I went to a new eye doctor today.  She was very personable, listened when I said I liked to wear just one contact to adjust for both nearsightedness and farsightedness, didn’t jump all over me because I waited so long to schedule a visit.  Overall, I really liked her.  The only thing is…she’s so darn young!  I’ve been noticing this alarming trend in the medical profession in which children are now the doctors who treat us..what’s going on?  Remember the show, Doogie Howser?  Well, we seem to be living that show now.  Child doctors all over the place. 

But, when you take the time to think about it, do we really want to see doctors who are older than we are (presuming you’re in the same general age bracket I’m in…)?  I think I’d rather see a doctor who is up with all the latest in medicine, who has a sharp, young mind, who isn’t thinking about retirement.  No offense to the older docs.  I understand there’s something to be said for wisdom and experience, but I think I’ll opt for a doctor who isn’t set in her ways so much that she can’t accept progress.  I may as well opt for that, since that seems to be all that’s out there now anyhow.

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23 Responses

  1. That is strange the first time one experiences having a doctor younger than oneself. I left an older doctor and ended up with a younger one who was able to help me after 12 yrs. of muscle pain. I was in the waiting room one day, and a patient older than I was telling another patient about this doctor, “He’s just a kid.” lol The Doc got a good laugh when I told him what I’d overheard.

    • I’m sure they hear that a lot, I’m glad your doctor saw the humor in it!! I remember my mom not wanting to see a doctor who was younger than she was…she also never wanted to deal with a female doctor tho, so I’m different in both regards. I want my doctors to be personable, approachable and knowledgeable…that’s not too much to ask, is it?

  2. I’m all for the youngsters! hehe Figure they’ve learned all about the new things going on in medicine.

    • That’s what I’m thinking, Sheila….when I see a doctor, I want them to know as much about all the new procedures and practices as possible!! But sheesh, do they have to look like they’re still in high school?

  3. I love Neil Patrick Harris. He’s the best….like, ever. And for the record, I’m under 20…heh.

  4. I know it! And it did seem to happen overnight. I’ve been working with a nice mature gentleman who is in his late 20s. I heard his music playing and told him that was what I listened to in high school (understanding I was older). He told me his parents listened to that when he was a little kid. “Um, how how are they?” I asked. They are my age!

    No, no, no. I am young. My children are still in grade school.

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