Unfortunately physicians do make mistakes or misbehave. I am not talking about the more serious patient care errors but day to day issues.
I have a colleague who is an excellent physician but has always had a problem controlling his mouth. Being somewhat gossipy and talking loudly are a way of life for him. He is a nice enough fellow but lacks respect for the world in general. While he and I were each making rounds one morning I heard him at the nurses station talking to the nurses about a comatose patient he was seeing. To identify the patient he loudly stated that the patient  was “that Gork” in room 522. Now it is not uncommon in the history of health care for insensitive to use such terms, most doctors and nurses avoid such disrespect to the patients. However, the doctor did elicit a dilemma for himself as the patient’s family was standing around the corner and heard him. You know the rest of the story.
How often have you had the first appointment in your doctor’s office to avoid waiting? The physician shows up 45 minutes late explaining that he had an “emergency”. Physicians who tend to be chronically late use this excuse repetitively. Occasionally (rarely) it is legitimate. More often, it is due to hospital rounds running late and the doctor doesn’t want to have to go back. Sometimes, discussions in the doctor’s lounge are the reason, and occasionally, the doctor has a meeting at the hospital and forgets to reschedule his office hours. If possible, bear with him. He is, after all, only human. Bbut don’t be afraid to discuss with him.
Most physicians are always in a hurry. This tendency can have serious consequences. Families with questions may be ignored. The doctor may rush into and out of a hospital room without  addressing patient questions nor updating the patient regarding test results and the treatment plan. although our colleagues in the nursing are completely competent and capable of providing such information, many patients and families want to hear it directly from the physician. There are various reasons doctors hurry. Some seem to have it in their nature. I know one fellow who never walked anywhere. He rushed to the lunch room as consistently as through the rest of the hospital. However, rushing becomes an ingrained habit for most others. Physicians seem to always be mentally at the next stop. When they are in the hospital they are thinking about getting to the office, in the office thinking about getting back to see the patient who is not doing well, the hospital committee meeting they have this afternoon etc. Some double book appointments. And sometimes, a patient needs an inordinate amount of time. So if you need the doctor’s time, do not be afraid to ask for it and if necessary, demand it. Sometimes, you may be surprised. I had a patient who had been with me for several years. I saw him in my office after he had an hour long wait and he was understandably irate. He stated that there was no excuse for running so late and that his time was as valuable as mine. I said to him “Jim, I have been seeing you for four years 2 to 4 times a year. Was there ever a time when I didn’t give you all the time you needed with me?” I had an earlier patient who needed a great deal of time throwing my schedule way behind. Jim understood and returned to his usual amiable self. I made it a point thereafter to always be on time for Jim.