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Consumers Weigh in on Which TV Doc They Would Want as Their Own:Survey Results from the American Board of Medical Specialties Find Dr. House Most Loved/Hated TV Doctor
Date:11/18/2008

Carter ("ER," 10 percent). Other TV docs mentioned in the survey, each of whom got less than 10 percent of the vote, were Cliff Huxtable ("The Cosby Show"); Miranda Bailey ("Grey's Anatomy"); Derek Shepherd ("Grey's Anatomy"); Michaela "Mike" Quinn ("Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman"); Doogie Howser ("Doogie Howser, M.D."); Jack Shephard ("Lost"); James Kildare ("Dr. Kildare"); and Frasier Crane ("Frasier"). The physicians who respondents said they would least like to have as a doctor are Doogie Howser ("Doogie Howser, M.D.;" 17 percent); Gregory House (11 percent) and Frasier Crane ("Frasier;" 11 percent). Overall, the main reasons why these doctors would not be chosen by respondents were for personal qualities (31 percent) or professional reasons (29 percent.) Seven percent do not know why they wouldn't choose them as their doctor. While the vast majority of respondents said board certification is important to them, most didn't understand what board certification entails. Sixty percent incorrectly believed that a doctor has to be board certified to practice medicine and only 45 percent of survey respondents had ever checked to see if their doctor is board certified. "One of the problems may be that more than half (57 percent) of respondents say it is difficult to find useful, clear information on doctors," said Dr. Weiss.

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