Is this much of an issue? I'm asking because there will be many patients who will view even the intern as their doctor, and this of course is further encouraged at programs where even the prelims hold weekly continuing care clinics. I am going to an internship that uses multiple hospitals, so I'll be unable to help most of these people anyway. It seems that when you're making an appointment for someone, which I don't think should be the responsibility of a doctor (sounds more like a social worker issue), you may very well need to leave your pager # for the receptionist to call you back. It is conceivable that patients can get the # from them, and then begin to call you whenever they think something's wrong. Ugh.