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.
The Florence Nightingale effect is a trope where a caregiver develops romantic feelings, sexual feelings, or both for their patient, even if very little communication or contact takes place outside of basic care.
Feelings may fade once the patient is no longer in need of care.
"I wonder if the consumer is really getting everything they can out of the experience. "I could see this working in a larger community where you can get a lot more practitioners together, if there's more time allowed.
If I were a young doctor, I would probably be open to this." Physicians who've attended Doc Shop events say they're worth it, if only to break the ice earlier with a new patient.
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."This hospital showcases one more way that this can be achieved." Still, the program isn't without its critics.Five minutes is not enough time to get to know a doctor, said pediatrician Dr.Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital, near Fort Worth, has launched a program called Doc Shop that invites prospective patients to casually meet and size up a lot of doctors in a short amount of time. Most of the time you have to rely on referrals from your friends and you really just don't know what that first visit is going to be like," said Preston. With the kind of doctor I was looking for -- am I going to feel judged when I give you information about my lifestyle?" Much like its romantic predecessor, speed dating, Doc Shop lets patients spend five minutes each with more than a dozen doctors."We're in a field where people have partners who have cheated and they're concerned they might have an STD," said Dr.