The visit isn't over until you know exactly what you're supposed to do and when you need to return. A doctor's appointment isn't a one-time event; it's part of an ongoing relationship. If you realize you overlooked an important question, or if you have any trouble following the doctor's advice, there's nothing wrong with calling the office. You don't need to schedule another appointment to get an answer; if the doctor isn't available via phone, ask to speak with a nurse. A growing number of doctors also communicate with patients via E-mail, and some even respond to text messages and set up Skype appointments—ideal for minor questions. Let the practice know if you feel worse or notice any medication-related side effects. And don't skip your return visit, even if you're feeling better.