Quantcast

Advantage or disadvantage of being a good looking doctor?

This forum made possible through the generous support of SDN members, donors, and sponsors. Thank you.

netr0pa

New Member
5+ Year Member
Joined
Apr 27, 2012
Messages
8
Reaction score
1

Members don't see this ad.
No, Im not good looking or what so ever but Im just wondering:

Have you guys experienced if patients or your own colleges treat "good looking doctors" (a matter of taste I know but still) differently from the rest?

Is that harder to do your job if you are a good looking doctor? (can be both men and women)

And if you are considered to be a "good looking person", please tell me about your experiences in the hospital, if you have noticed that people treat you differently or look at you in a different way or not?
 

Porfirio

Full Member
10+ Year Member
Joined
May 27, 2011
Messages
596
Reaction score
422
No, Im not good looking or what so ever but Im just wondering:

Have you guys experienced if patients or your own colleges treat "good looking doctors" (a matter of taste I know but still) differently from the rest?

Is that harder to do your job if you are a good looking doctor? (can be both men and women)

And if you are considered to be a "good looking person", please tell me about your experiences in the hospital, if you have noticed that people treat you differently or look at you in a different way or not?

Patients - yes
Colleagues: medical students - no, residents - no, attendings - yes, nurses/other hospital staff - yes

Harder to do my job - Nah, about the same, but it does lead to interesting comments being made. However, I am a 2nd year so my hospital experience is limited right now. My experience has been in a private practice pediatric clinic. The single moms tend to be more flirty... How else are they suppose to act when the nurse introduces me as eye candy?
 

Fox800

Go to the ER now to see if you have coronavirus.
15+ Year Member
Joined
Aug 29, 2006
Messages
1,514
Reaction score
1,712
In.

Michael_Jackson_popcorn.gif
 

evilbooyaa

Full Member
Staff member
Volunteer Staff
10+ Year Member
Joined
Oct 10, 2011
Messages
7,655
Reaction score
8,694
Probably harder to be a MS3 on a psych rotation if you're good looking. All the crazy bitches on the psych ward want you like so bad, but you shouldn't really touch any of that.

Otherwise it's probably no different.
 

tco

Full Member
10+ Year Member
Joined
Apr 22, 2008
Messages
2,115
Reaction score
871
Not good looking, so I wouldn't know.
 

Trogghunter

Full Member
10+ Year Member
Joined
Nov 16, 2009
Messages
852
Reaction score
284
I am 6'2, i was a varsity athlete in college, and do modeling on the side. Being this good looking and talented does make maintaining professional relationships difficult when everyone you work with is trying to get impregnated by your beautiful seed. Nurses just fall before me, patients throw their daughters' numbers at me, attendings push 'lesser' students out of my way (lots of animosity). Why do a procedure or tell bad news with a 'Normy'? Patient families are less likely to be upset and sue if you're handsome. FACT. I even got a bonus on my boards...unfair, I know. I studied hard when I wasn't hooking up with models in NYC. One thing that I don't like is that the house scrubs don't adequately display my perfectly sculpted chest and chiseled arms, but I cut the v deeper and removed the sleeves. The DME was upset at first, but let it slide. My white coat went from a 44r to a white G-string.

Its not all green pastures, but if someone has to be the poster child for 'young talented American doctor', I'll do it. I am hoping to pursue my residency in TV medicine at General Hospital and am hoping to complete a fellowship in pharmaceutical commercials. I am doing this for you all.....because you can't.
 

sinombre

Full Member
7+ Year Member
Joined
May 20, 2012
Messages
9,847
Reaction score
16,105
I am 6'2, i was a varsity athlete in college, and do modeling on the side. Being this good looking and talented does make maintaining professional relationships difficult when everyone you work with is trying to get impregnated by your beautiful seed. Nurses just fall before me, patients throw their daughters' numbers at me, attendings push 'lesser' students out of my way (lots of animosity). Why do a procedure or tell bad news with a 'Normy'? Patient families are less likely to be upset and sue if you're handsome. FACT. I even got a bonus on my boards...unfair, I know. I studied hard when I wasn't hooking up with models in NYC. One thing that I don't like is that the house scrubs don't adequately display my perfectly sculpted chest and chiseled arms, but I cut the v deeper and removed the sleeves. The DME was upset at first, but let it slide. My white coat went from a 44r to a white G-string.

Its not all green pastures, but if someone has to be the poster child for 'young talented American doctor', I'll do it. I am hoping to pursue my residency in TV medicine at General Hospital and am hoping to complete a fellowship in pharmaceutical commercials. I am doing this for you all.....because you can't.

Wow, the ending... 10/10

:laugh:
 

SpecterGT260

Catdoucheus
7+ Year Member
Joined
Feb 1, 2012
Messages
8,219
Reaction score
86
I am 6'2, i was a varsity athlete in college, and do modeling on the side. Being this good looking and talented does make maintaining professional relationships difficult when everyone you work with is trying to get impregnated by your beautiful seed. Nurses just fall before me, patients throw their daughters' numbers at me, attendings push 'lesser' students out of my way (lots of animosity). Why do a procedure or tell bad news with a 'Normy'? Patient families are less likely to be upset and sue if you're handsome. FACT. I even got a bonus on my boards...unfair, I know. I studied hard when I wasn't hooking up with models in NYC. One thing that I don't like is that the house scrubs don't adequately display my perfectly sculpted chest and chiseled arms, but I cut the v deeper and removed the sleeves. The DME was upset at first, but let it slide. My white coat went from a 44r to a white G-string.

Its not all green pastures, but if someone has to be the poster child for 'young talented American doctor', I'll do it. I am hoping to pursue my residency in TV medicine at General Hospital and am hoping to complete a fellowship in pharmaceutical commercials. I am doing this for you all.....because you can't.

Epic
 

Arkangeloid

MS2
Removed
Joined
Jun 18, 2013
Messages
1,560
Reaction score
739
Probably harder to be a MS3 on a psych rotation if you're good looking. All the crazy bitches on the psych ward want you like so bad, but you shouldn't really touch any of that.

Otherwise it's probably no different.

But won't these "crazy bishes" all look horrible and have some serious drug issues?
 

evilbooyaa

Full Member
Staff member
Volunteer Staff
10+ Year Member
Joined
Oct 10, 2011
Messages
7,655
Reaction score
8,694
But won't these "crazy bishes" all look horrible and have some serious drug issues?

look horrible? Not necessarily.

Serious drug issues? Possibly. But I meant on the psych ward, not a rehab place.

You know what they (will) teach you about bipolar or manic patients being hypersexual? Not always an exaggeration . My attending on psych told me that a couple years ago a female bipolar patient was found to be pregnant after a stay in the psych ward. When asked, she said she had sex (unprotected obviously) while on the psych ward with multiple other patients (thank god it wasn't with a member of the healthcare staff), and now there was a dispute as to who's child it was.
 
Last edited:

OneTripAcross

Dreaming about the Stream.
10+ Year Member
Joined
Mar 31, 2010
Messages
105
Reaction score
24
I am 6'2, i was a varsity athlete in college, and do modeling on the side. Being this good looking and talented does make maintaining professional relationships difficult when everyone you work with is trying to get impregnated by your beautiful seed. Nurses just fall before me, patients throw their daughters' numbers at me, attendings push 'lesser' students out of my way (lots of animosity). Why do a procedure or tell bad news with a 'Normy'? Patient families are less likely to be upset and sue if you're handsome. FACT. I even got a bonus on my boards...unfair, I know. I studied hard when I wasn't hooking up with models in NYC. One thing that I don't like is that the house scrubs don't adequately display my perfectly sculpted chest and chiseled arms, but I cut the v deeper and removed the sleeves. The DME was upset at first, but let it slide. My white coat went from a 44r to a white G-string.

Its not all green pastures, but if someone has to be the poster child for 'young talented American doctor', I'll do it. I am hoping to pursue my residency in TV medicine at General Hospital and am hoping to complete a fellowship in pharmaceutical commercials. I am doing this for you all.....because you can't.


A hilarious excerpt from the new book, 'Patrick Bateman M.D.'
 

KnuxNole

Sweets Addict
15+ Year Member
Joined
May 3, 2006
Messages
4,694
Reaction score
1,657
It's like so hard to do your job being good looking. I can't even ask the nurse to check this poor 70 year old guy's blood sugar without being told how cute I look and if I'm single. :(


Also, in trauma cases, people grab your butt to move out of the way ;)
 
Members don't see this ad :)

Arkangeloid

MS2
Removed
Joined
Jun 18, 2013
Messages
1,560
Reaction score
739
look horrible? Not necessarily.

Serious drug issues? Possibly. But I meant on the psych ward, not a rehab place.

You know what they (will) teach you about bipolar or manic patients being hypersexual? Not always an exaggeration . My attending on psych told me that a couple years ago a female bipolar patient was found to be pregnant after a stay in the psych ward. When asked, she said she had sex (unprotected obviously) while on the psych ward with multiple other patients (thank god it wasn't with a member of the healthcare staff), and now there was a dispute as to who's child it was.

That's pretty crazy lol.

What would have happened if it was a healthcare staff member?
 

evilbooyaa

Full Member
Staff member
Volunteer Staff
10+ Year Member
Joined
Oct 10, 2011
Messages
7,655
Reaction score
8,694
That's pretty crazy lol.

What would have happened if it was a healthcare staff member?

One of the attendings told me that there was a student who started dating one of the psych patients after she was temporarily discharged from the ward. She was a patient at the time he was on the service, but had not done anything (at least not visibly) with her while she was on the ward. When she was re-admitted a couple months later and the attending asked about personal relationships, she started talking about her boyfriend who was a medical student. The attending probed further, found out it was the same med student that had worked with him a few months previously, contacted the school, and supposedly ended up failing the guy.

As to a resident/attending getting caught with a patient, no I didn't see/hear of any of that. I imagine it would look bad for both the hospital and the residency program if medical students were made privy to that sort of information.
 

Anastomoses

secretly an end artery
Removed
Joined
May 11, 2013
Messages
1,699
Reaction score
943
I remember being an in-patient for a few days at 16 with a very attractive resident and I'd insist he take my blood instead of the nurse. It just felt nicer.

So being particularly handsome might lead to more work.
 

tco

Full Member
10+ Year Member
Joined
Apr 22, 2008
Messages
2,115
Reaction score
871
I remember being an in-patient for a few days at 16 with a very attractive resident and I'd insist he take my blood instead of the nurse. It just felt nicer.

So being particularly handsome might lead to more work.

I'm sure he LOVED you for distracting him from other work to do that
 

Akali

Full Member
5+ Year Member
Joined
Sep 13, 2012
Messages
189
Reaction score
18
I'm not unattractive, and I would even go so far as to say I'm on the more attractive side, except for the fact that I am really short and I look like a teenager. I always feel weird doing mock encounters with standardized patients because you're supposed to display confidence and all that, but while I'm looking them in the eyes I can't help but imagine being in their shoes looking at this little kid trying to pretend to be a competent physician. That, in addition to the fact I barely know what I'm doing, makes me uncomfortable and nervous.

Long story short: I think being attractive just all around makes you more confident, which helps with all the interpersonal relationships.
 

Akali

Full Member
5+ Year Member
Joined
Sep 13, 2012
Messages
189
Reaction score
18
If you want the part, act the part. Bad actors fail -- You whoop up your own confidence. Flattery operated people have a way of stunning over other people's perceptions.

Yeah, I know. That's what they tell me lol. They're like, well if you can't feel confident naturally, you just need to "fake it till you make it." I'm a pretty good actor, used to be quite the thespian. I think I'll get there eventually :)
 

tco

Full Member
10+ Year Member
Joined
Apr 22, 2008
Messages
2,115
Reaction score
871
I'm not unattractive, and I would even go so far as to say I'm on the more attractive side, except for the fact that I am really short and I look like a teenager. I always feel weird doing mock encounters with standardized patients because you're supposed to display confidence and all that, but while I'm looking them in the eyes I can't help but imagine being in their shoes looking at this little kid trying to pretend to be a competent physician. That, in addition to the fact I barely know what I'm doing, makes me uncomfortable and nervous.

Long story short: I think being attractive just all around makes you more confident, which helps with all the interpersonal relationships.

It could be that people that are attractive tend to be more confident.

Or, it could be that confidence makes people seem attractive.

Mind = blown
 
Members don't see this ad :)

gkdubey

Diabolical Didgeridoo
Joined
May 9, 2013
Messages
224
Reaction score
10
I am 6'2, i was a varsity athlete in college, and do modeling on the side. Being this good looking and talented does make maintaining professional relationships difficult when everyone you work with is trying to get impregnated by your beautiful seed. Nurses just fall before me, patients throw their daughters' numbers at me, attendings push 'lesser' students out of my way (lots of animosity). Why do a procedure or tell bad news with a 'Normy'? Patient families are less likely to be upset and sue if you're handsome. FACT. I even got a bonus on my boards...unfair, I know. I studied hard when I wasn't hooking up with models in NYC. One thing that I don't like is that the house scrubs don't adequately display my perfectly sculpted chest and chiseled arms, but I cut the v deeper and removed the sleeves. The DME was upset at first, but let it slide. My white coat went from a 44r to a white G-string.

Its not all green pastures, but if someone has to be the poster child for 'young talented American doctor', I'll do it. I am hoping to pursue my residency in TV medicine at General Hospital and am hoping to complete a fellowship in pharmaceutical commercials. I am doing this for you all.....because you can't.

:laugh: Love It
 

The kitchen sink

Full Member
7+ Year Member
Joined
Apr 13, 2012
Messages
794
Reaction score
152
Probably harder to be a MS3 on a psych rotation if you're good looking. All the crazy bitches on the psych ward want you like so bad, but you shouldn't really touch any of that.

Otherwise it's probably no different.

This is very true. The females get it even worse from the crazy dudes.
 

Brain Bucket

Oh man, I forgot to bring the marshmallows.
Joined
May 8, 2013
Messages
1,693
Reaction score
1,103
Such colossal bs. It's always advantageous to be good looking. Anyone telling you otherwise is either not good looking and doesn't know what the **** they're taking about or feels guilty about the advantages they enjoy and is trying to play it down.

Sent from my GT-N7100 using Tapatalk 4
 

MedicineMike

MS4
10+ Year Member
7+ Year Member
Joined
Mar 19, 2009
Messages
828
Reaction score
81
There have been a few times on OB/GYN where the pt said I was too good looking to be in the room. I've also noticed they don't share as much info with me as they do with other people. As far as being treated differently- my women preceptors definitely treat me differently.

Disclaimer: not histrionic/narcissistic
 

Donald Juan

Full Member
7+ Year Member
Joined
May 22, 2011
Messages
1,699
Reaction score
2,663
Such colossal bs. It's always advantageous to be good looking. Anyone telling you otherwise is either not good looking and doesn't know what the **** they're taking about or feels guilty about the advantages they enjoy and is trying to play it down.

Sent from my GT-N7100 using Tapatalk 4

While you certainly don't want to be fugly, there are types of good looks that don't help. You want to have the look of someone who is attractive and professional. Some girl with humongous tits and dyed blonde hair may be hot, but she may not look like what you want in a doctor.

Again, you don't want to look like a fat little troll, but a doctor can have atypically attractive looks as long as they have the smart, trustworthy, and attractive look to them.
 

Brain Bucket

Oh man, I forgot to bring the marshmallows.
Joined
May 8, 2013
Messages
1,693
Reaction score
1,103
While you certainly don't want to be fugly, there are types of good looks that don't help. You want to have the look of someone who is attractive and professional. Some girl with humongous tits and dyed blonde hair may be hot, but she may not look like what you want in a doctor.

Again, you don't want to look like a fat little troll, but a doctor can have atypically attractive looks as long as they have the smart, trustworthy, and attractive look to them.

...Um. Yeah. That's not what I said, but let's run with where you've taken it.

Yes, a certain amount of professionalism is required. Just as it is of any other profession. What's your point?

If you consider large breasts and fake blonde hair to embody the word attractive, I really don't know what to do with that.

Aside from that, I have no qualms against my doc having those features so long as they're competent.
The same goes for a homely physician. I'm referring to both, men and women. But that's not what we're talking about.

We're talking about the advantages enjoyed by people with varying levels of attractiveness. The more attractive you are - the more it will benefit you. This is true of life, and the medical profession is not immune to it.

Actually, I still don't see your point. It may be because I'm inebriated, but somehow, I don't think that's it.

Sent from my GT-N7100 using Tapatalk 4
 
Last edited:

Brain Bucket

Oh man, I forgot to bring the marshmallows.
Joined
May 8, 2013
Messages
1,693
Reaction score
1,103
There have been a few times on OB/GYN where the pt said I was too good looking to be in the room. I've also noticed they don't share as much info with me as they do with other people. As far as being treated differently- my women preceptors definitely treat me differently.

Disclaimer: not histrionic/narcissistic

Assuming you're a guy, what with your handle being Mike and all.

I've never understood men wanting to go into OB/G. Women (not all - not even most - but enough) in that field are notorious about having something against men in general, and I'm not being histrionic either. If you were less of a looker, they'd find something else about you to dislike. The balanced women in those departments tend to seem to play along with these petty cows or avoid it altogether, because they have to coexist.

Just soldier on and rise above the petty crap. In the long run, everything else being equal, you'll do better than your less attractive male colleagues and the petty cows.

Sent from my GT-N7100 using Tapatalk 4
 
Last edited:

Donald Juan

Full Member
7+ Year Member
Joined
May 22, 2011
Messages
1,699
Reaction score
2,663
...Um. Yeah. That's not what I said, but let's run with where you've taken it.

Yes, a certain amount of professionalism is required. Just as it is of any other profession. What's your point?

If you consider large breasts and fake blonde hair to embody the word attractive, I really don't know what to do with that.

Aside from that, I have no qualms against my doc having those features so long as they're competent.
The same goes for a homely physician. I'm referring to both, men and women. But that's not what we're talking about.

We're talking about the advantages enjoyed by people with varying levels of attractiveness. The more attractive you are - the more it will benefit you. This is true of life, and the medical profession is not immune to it.

Actually, I still don't see your point. It may be because I'm inebriated, but somehow, I don't think that's it.

Sent from my GT-N7100 using Tapatalk 4

Yep, it is. Don't be so defensive, I wasn't trying to attack you or anything.

My point is that there are people that may be hot, but they may not necessarily have the look that says "hard working trustworthy doctor." This isn't just about being professional and wearing nice shirt.
 

scorm

Full Member
Joined
Aug 2, 2013
Messages
44
Reaction score
7
Yep, it is. Don't be so defensive, I wasn't trying to attack you or anything.

My point is that there are people that may be hot, but they may not necessarily have the look that says "hard working trustworthy doctor." This isn't just about being professional and wearing nice shirt.

You're making it more complicated than it is by adding those variables. Obviously the OP is referring to the attractiveness of one's face...either a guy is handsome or a woman is beautiful. No one said anything about her rack or bleached blonde hair.
 
Members don't see this ad :)

ifailedmcat

Full Member
15+ Year Member
Joined
Apr 21, 2004
Messages
513
Reaction score
15
I'm an attending now in only my 2nd year of practice and I have worked with tons of medical students, residents, and attendings at 3 different academic institutions.

I would say in general, people are the most attractive in their early 20s. This holds especially true in medicine as most people do not age well in medical school and residency.

In undergrad, there is the "freshman 15," well in residency there is the "intern 20." I have seen some pretty good looking people nearly lose all of their looks by the time they become attendings. I work in Peds so I have a lot of attractive colleagues. Pedi residents are 75% women and ancillary staff is probably 90%+ female.

I would say that being attractive in general is better than not being attractive. Attractive people are treated better which can be intentional or unintentional. Really good looking females can have some trouble being taken seriously and I have seen many get hit on not only patients but by attendings. Good looking guys are kind of oogled and flirted with but women are usually not as aggressive in pursuing good looking men.
 

JediZero

Cynical Optimist
10+ Year Member
7+ Year Member
Joined
Jun 29, 2007
Messages
629
Reaction score
41
As each individual's observations about how attractiveness affects their interactions with patients is based on their own experience, based on their own intrinsic attractiveness and its effects which may not be perceived by the clinician...

Proposal: an experiment to determine how looks affect interactions with patients.

Day one: Dress well, proper hygiene, winning smile.
Day two: Dress sloppily, don't shower/shave, frown the whole time.
Day three: Repeat, etc.

Record and/or evaluate patient interactions that day. Compare outcomes between each set of days, and share your results in the prestigious Journal of Student Doctor Medicine.

Do it, OP. The future of science depends on you. :thumbup:
 

JediZero

Cynical Optimist
10+ Year Member
7+ Year Member
Joined
Jun 29, 2007
Messages
629
Reaction score
41
It's like so hard to do your job being good looking. I can't even ask the nurse to check this poor 70 year old guy's blood sugar without being told how cute I look and if I'm single. :(


Also, in trauma cases, people grab your butt to move out of the way ;)

someone get ferning in here ASAP, maybe he will throw out a mind-bending rant for us.

lol, sorry, I forgot to mention, if you're at all attractive you will be sexually assaulted by your coworkers, regardless of their sexual orientation. Be careful, you good-looking people out there, you. :eek:
 

Kahreek

Full Member
Joined
Jun 1, 2013
Messages
1,699
Reaction score
903
As each individual's observations about how attractiveness affects their interactions with patients is based on their own experience, based on their own intrinsic attractiveness and its effects which may not be perceived by the clinician...

Proposal: an experiment to determine how looks affect interactions with patients.

Day one: Dress well, proper hygiene, winning smile.
Day two: Dress sloppily, don't shower/shave, frown the whole time.
Day three: Repeat, etc.

Record and/or evaluate patient interactions that day. Compare outcomes between each set of days, and share your results in the prestigious Journal of Student Doctor Medicine.

Do it, OP. The future of science depends on you. :thumbup:
wow better than 90% of the research being put out right now
 

DrSnips

Hospitalist
10+ Year Member
Joined
Apr 18, 2012
Messages
575
Reaction score
682
I am 6'2, i was a varsity athlete in college, and do modeling on the side. Being this good looking and talented does make maintaining professional relationships difficult when everyone you work with is trying to get impregnated by your beautiful seed. Nurses just fall before me, patients throw their daughters' numbers at me, attendings push 'lesser' students out of my way (lots of animosity). Why do a procedure or tell bad news with a 'Normy'? Patient families are less likely to be upset and sue if you're handsome. FACT. I even got a bonus on my boards...unfair, I know. I studied hard when I wasn't hooking up with models in NYC. One thing that I don't like is that the house scrubs don't adequately display my perfectly sculpted chest and chiseled arms, but I cut the v deeper and removed the sleeves. The DME was upset at first, but let it slide. My white coat went from a 44r to a white G-string.

Its not all green pastures, but if someone has to be the poster child for 'young talented American doctor', I'll do it. I am hoping to pursue my residency in TV medicine at General Hospital and am hoping to complete a fellowship in pharmaceutical commercials. I am doing this for you all.....because you can't.

Is anyone else suspicious this isn't real? I mean the handsome bonus on the boards is legit, but he's 6'2" and wearing a 44R? Should be a 44L, right? I call shenanigans.
 

Wordead

Full Member
10+ Year Member
Joined
Dec 21, 2007
Messages
2,026
Reaction score
2,725
Is anyone else suspicious this isn't real? I mean the handsome bonus on the boards is legit, but he's 6'2" and wearing a 44R? Should be a 44L, right? I call shenanigans.

Sorry grandpa we like dat short jacket to show off the booty
 

thefritz

thefritz
Joined
Oct 28, 2009
Messages
574
Reaction score
106
There have been a few times on OB/GYN where the pt said I was too good looking to be in the room.

Happened to me a few times as well. Usually with geris, but once in the ER with a young woman. She couldn't look at me and kept turning away and sighing and finally said "why do you have to be so attractive!" Her husband/bf was sitting right next to her. Awkward...
 
Last edited:

Winged Scapula

Cougariffic!
Moderator Emeritus
Lifetime Donor
Joined
Apr 9, 2000
Messages
39,959
Reaction score
18,697
Happened to me a few times as well. Usually with geris, but once in the ER with a young woman. She couldn't look at me and kept turning away and sighing and finally said "why do you have to be so attractive!" Her husband/bf was sitting right next to her. Awkward...

Awkward is a patient's husband/male partner making some sexual comment while I'm examining the woman's breasts. :scared:
 

redshadow

PGY5
7+ Year Member
Joined
Jan 14, 2013
Messages
55
Reaction score
4
It's like anything else.


If you're good looking, things happen for you.



One of our radiologists where I used to work was in amazing physical shape. Nurses and female patients always hit on the dude. He'd be doing biopsies and these chicks are just like "So where do you work out?! Want to go get a cup of joe after you drain this abscess?"
 
Top