You’re a Top Doctor!

You need to read this article to see how a journalist won a “top doctor” award for $99. It’s so unbelievable. So gross. Here was the message this guy, Marshall Allan, received:

I asked how I had been selected. My peers had nominated me, she said buoyantly, and my patients had reviewed me. I must be a “leading physician,” she said.

He explained to the lady on the phone that he was a journalist, and not a doctor, but it didn’t matter. She was probably getting a bonus by making the sale. And that is how he got his plaque. I recommend reading the whole article.

I hate to say it but these things work. Doctors have egos and patients like to brag about their doctors. And these companies profit off all of this. This is the kind of world we live in.

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  7 comments for “You’re a Top Doctor!

  1. Bob
    March 6, 2019 at 6:51 pm

    Not too long ago, I got my most recent solicitation from one of these reprehensible outfits. I told the apparently young lady with the sweet voice on the other end of the line, “I’m holding out for the miss congeniality award,”. Silence was my reward.

  2. Sir Lance-a-lot
    March 4, 2019 at 10:33 pm

    The way I’ve been treated by administrators, I have to assume that the next solicitation to come to me will offer to list me a “Bottom Doctor.”

    Oh, wait – that apelation is already taken by the proctologists.

    You know… Administration and HR people being who they are, I wonder whether having one of these and putting it in your CV might not help get you hired at your next job…

  3. PW
    March 4, 2019 at 11:12 am

    Makes you wonder how these hospitals get “Top Hospital Awards”.

  4. Jennifer Hollywood
    March 4, 2019 at 9:32 am

    I once got a request asking me to be an adviser for my senator. I called the number to make an inquiry as to how I could discuss things with my senator, since he wanted me to be an adviser. They said that I was to just send money to his office in the amount of at least $500. (It’s been a few years and it might have been more.) So basically it was a thinly veiled campaign contribution scam. Also, my senator is a republican and I am a democrat. And I disagreed with everything he stood for. I couldn’t believe that this was legal.

  5. Bill Ameen, MD
    March 4, 2019 at 9:29 am

    I used to get an invitation to be included in “Who’s Who” about once a year. Of course, I would have to buy the book. Marketers must know that many doctors are ego-driven. In the 1970s, the last decade that I recall it being publicly noble to be a doctor, I even bought a brass MD emblem to put on my license plate, but, as my egotism waned, I never installed it. Outside of my white coat, I never wanted to bring attention to the fact that I am a physician! Too many ego-deflators…When I worked in ERs, I always felt like to administrators I was something stuck to the bottom of their shoes.

  6. stevem64
    March 4, 2019 at 8:23 am

    You mean my certificate is BOGUS?!?!?!?

  7. Dave
    March 4, 2019 at 7:49 am

    What a thoroughly awesome screw up that the company contacted an investigative journalist!!! I received a number of these offers when I first got out of residency, and as soon as I realized they wanted you to pay for your “award,” right in the circular (recycling) file!!!
    My daughter’s orthodontist has a framed order form from one of the companies in his office foyer, with a notation on how these “awards” are all a bunch of crock….love it!

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