Patients: Should you flaunt your fitness?

February 15, 2008

If you're a competitive athlete who's proud of your accomplishments, go ahead and let your patients know.

An overweight MD or DO can inspire a patient to make important lifestyle changes as readily as a physician who displays photos of his marathon finishes. But if you're a competitive athlete who's proud of your accomplishments, go ahead and let your patients know, if you're comfortable doing so. Be aware, though, that your fellow athletes can be among the most demanding of your patients. As one 60-year-old cardiologist and marathon runner told The New York Times recently, "They can drive you nuts."