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Ten more are scheduled for 2010, expanding to include pediatricians on March 23. The American Medical Association and the American Hospital Association don't know of any similar programs across the country."People know that hospitals are places to go when they are sick, but many actions by hospitals are also about making sure patients and consumers have the tools and information they need to lead healthier and better lives," said Matt Fenwick, AHA spokesman."There's a new attitude in medicine where patients want to feel like their doctor is their friend," she said. They don't want to feel like their doctor was there for two minutes and didn't even look at them and had one hand on the doorknob the whole time." Notices about Doc Shop, the brainchild of a hospital marketing specialist, are sent to e-mail addresses in the hospital's database, posted on its Facebook and Twitter accounts, and showcased on fliers posted at Fort Worth businesses.Four sessions have been held since last fall with OB-GYNs.
"It seems fairly superficial because everybody can put on a good face for five minutes," he said.The physicians are seated at tables spaced far enough apart to insure privacy.The free event, sponsored by the nonprofit hospital, lasts about an hour and includes lunch. Manisha Parikh, a 33-year-old OB-GYN, has drawn six new patients to her practice at Texas Health Harris by participating in four Doc Shop events since last fall when the program launched.If she didn't like the person, she could just say, "It was nice to meet you," and leave."I was surprised because it felt so comfortable and I wasn't afraid to ask questions," the 29-year-old said. "This gynecologist was exactly who I wanted." Call it speed dating for doctors.