Sara Story, NBCDFW
It's like speed dating -- but you're picking a doctor. Texas Health Presbyterian Flower Mound is hosting a series of Doc Shops, where patients mix and mingle with different physicians to find one that fits their needs.
"It's been difficult. We were very attached to not only our primary care physicians, but also our pediatricians who loved our children," Minyon said.
The Doc Shops are relieving that pressure. Patients, like Minyon, get the chance to meet physicians face-to-face, outside of the exam room.
"Get to know a little bit about them and their personality and practice," Minyon said.
The patients are given five minutes with each doctor, and when the buzzer goes off, they pick up and move on to the next doctor.
"It's the first one I've ever done, but it's like speed dating," Dr. Tamara Deuser, MD said.
Dr. Deuser is a family physician and said it's crucial patients hit it off with their health care providers.
"Especially for primary care. This is the doctor that will hopefully be taking care of you all your life. So, it's real important that you have a relationship," Dr. Deuser said.
"In just a few minutes, you get the attitude of the doctor -- that it's worth going in for a visit more in-depth. Otherwise, I've paid full price for an appointment, and all I find out is they are not for me," Flower Mound resident Gale Deblonk said.
Patients were armed with questions and got a feel for the different practices. At the end of the night, most walked away with options.
"I will be making a call or two in the morning," Deblonk said.