Before you start thinking Dr. Thompson has some kind of double life based on the title of this post, let me explain. I recently read an article titled “The Secret Lives of Doctors” and so many of the confessions made by the author, who is an opthalmologist, fit our favorite facial plastic surgeon to a tee. I can attest to the truthfulness of these claims as I’ve worked for Utah Facial Plastics for a number of years.
Due to such shows as Dr. 90210 and Nip/Tuck, the public often conjures a life of glory, money, and luxury when they think about a ‘plastic surgeon’. The persona of a typical plastic surgeon in the media is a slick, arrogant doctor that is highly demanding. The reality we all experience with Dr. Thompson couldn’t be further from this misconception. First time patients often find his down-to-earth bedside manner so refreshing and all patients appreciate his genuine care and concern for their well-being.
To give you an idea of what this facial plastic surgeon, as well as many other physicians experience day in and day out, here’s what medicine often looks like from where the doctors stands as similarly described in this post from kevinmd.com.
Dr. Thompson often cancels root canals and oil changes and skips children’s soccer games when he knows his patients need them.
Dr. Thompson often changes his vacation schedules when patients schedule elective procedures several weeks down the road, so as not to inconvenience the patients.
Dr. Thompson motors through clinic, surgery, and hospital visits with a full bladder, an empty tummy, and dry mouth to make sure he’s on schedule and keeping up with the days demands.
Dr. Thompson is just as mortified as you are miffed when our schedule blows up in our faces and we keep you waiting for more than 10 minutes, let alone for more than 20 minutes, despite the reasons.
When Dr. Thompson is not in clinic or surgery with his patients, he is thinking about them. From worrying about health conditions of those undergoing reconstructive surgery to ensuring the best possible outcome for all patients, he is concerned about the well-being and experiences of all his patients.
When Dr. Thompson takes time off, it’s often to give of his time and resources to children in under-developed countries. He has been traveling to South America at least twice a year constructing ears for children born with a congenital deformities for over 15 years.
And just as the author of this post feels, he is grateful at the end of the day that all went well with patients, his staff is happy and fulfilled in their positions, and that his family is safe and healthy.
The article referenced, written by Dr. Starla Fitch, originally appeared in the Huffington Post.