Inverting the Medical Gaze

by Danielle Spencer

Name of Doctor: MD

Source and Reliability: MD is the primary source of information and appears to be self-reliable historian.

Summary: A 41-year old Caucasian man presents with decreased attention span and documented distraction. Patient reports that symptoms began “several years ago” and claims they were exacerbated by the introduction of the EMR. Lack of eye contact and frequent interruptions were documented. Denies loss of empathy. Denies malaise, burn-out, regret over not having pursued dermatological training or investment banking. Social history: physician in primary care practice.

A treatment plan was discussed at length with the MD.