5 things I like about being a family doc

by Christina on October 19, 2016

My baby is 12 weeks old and I’m back to work. Oh, transitions….

There’s a lot to complain about in primary care (maternity leave being one of them!) and I’ll be one of the first to name some of the issues I face daily.

But, there are also a lot of great things about being a primary care doctor, and I’m trying to appreciate them more. I’ve been trying to express more gratitude in general.

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So today, instead of complaining, here are 5 things I like about being a primary care doctor:

  1. I truly look forward to seeing many of my patients. Yes, having over 3,300 patients on my panel is far too many, but I do feel lucky to get to know many of them.
  2. I get to take people off of medications. Many people come to me on a long list of medications. Some may be needed long-term, but some can often be discontinued once we work on addressing underlying causes and lifestyle changes.
  3. I get to talk a lot about food as medicine. Our food and lifestyle choices have the power to lead to disease or to optimize health, and I see people reverse diabetes, lower blood pressure, and improve cholesterol levels without medication.
  4. I get to care for a newborn and 97 year-old in the same day. Being the doctor for people through all phases of life means moving from infant development to erectile dysfunction to menopause to depression to end of life care all in one afternoon. It doesn’t get boring and I’m always learning.
  5. I get to see the big picture. Healthcare these days is frustratingly fragmented with doctors assigned to each body part or organ. But as the family doc, I pull together the constellation of symptoms, specialist input, studies done, and patient goals and desires to help come up with an overarching picture and plan.

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Chris October 20, 2016 at 7:54 pm

I love this blog post!
We all need to think about how lucky we are and how much we have to be grateful for, beginning with the fact that we live in America.
I was thinking recently how my sense of wonder has become dulled when I watch a bird fly, but reading historian David McCullough’s compelling and scintillating book on the Wilbur and Orville Wright reminded me how I take so much for granted, including the amazing ability of birds to fly.

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