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Dr. Cormier

Has a nice ring to it, does it not?

Due to my involvement in some seriously BADASS research surrounding epilepsy (and soon to be Alzheimer's), I get a fair number of e-mails from potential patients as well as consulting firms like the one below that address me as Dr. Cormier. While I do so enjoy the little flutter of happiness I get when I read that, I typically tell all patients that I am not actually a physician, and proceed to either answer their questions or let them know that I will pass along their correspondence to the appropriate party. However, when I get emails from consulting forms like the one below, I often find myself faced with a dilemma.

From: Lastname, Firstname [mailto:Lastname.Firstname@something.com]
Sent: Wednesday, October 28, 2009 4:30 PM
To: Cormier, Justine E.
Subject: Refractory Epilepsy Interview Request

Dear Dr. Cormier,

I am a health care consultant with [some generic consulting group(SGCG)]. We are currently working on a project to better understand current and future treatments for refractory epilepsy, including surgical resection and neurostimulation.

As a thought leader on this topic, I would be interested in speaking with you. SGCG would insist on offering an honorarium of $500 for ~45 minutes of your time. If you are available to speak with us, please let me know a couple of times that you may have available in the next 4-6 business days and I will set up a phone call. All comments would be kept confidential and not attributed to you.

I appreciate your time and consideration.


First name Last name

First name Last name, CFA
Address blah blah blah

I read these and think to myself, "To be honest and tell her I am not a doctor in real life, or to withhold and see how well I can answer all of her questions just for fun?" After all, I AM a thought leader on this topic (I know she wrote it as though she were saying that SHE was, but I'm going to be pompous and arrogant, here, and assume she just has poor syntactical skills and that she really meant to flatter me).

While I know the answers to most, if not all, of their questions because I've been around this stuff for 2.5 years, I typically just end up 'fessing up and forwarding on their email to one of the docs. Still, I enjoy the salutation. Dr. Cormier.......sigh.


November 2009

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