I'm surprised no one had jumped on this one! yes, you can make a difference in someone's life by giving them your undivided attention, and actually LISTEN to your patients. That's the firstmost complaint a pt has with their provider, is there isn't time to talk to their Dr, and they don't have the time to listen to them wholeheartedly.
Be aware, that more than likely, after you are done with school, and you are out on your own, and working FOR someone else, your scheduling won't allow you to take that time. ALL parts of the medical field are run like a business, and it is about the money, and frankly, when you are dealing with Medicare reimbursement, it has to be about the money. The geriatric population will be the most time consuming aspect of your day, if you're in family medicine, you will be seeing many elder patients. Unfortunately, like I said, the Medicare reimbursement STINKS for medical providers, so it's important to get them in and out while still accomplishing the goal of seeing them....it sounds absolutely horrible, but it's the truth. An office makes money on private insurances and self pay patients. To keep an office afloat with payroll, utilities, Provider salaries and malpractice insurance (which is another crock!), you have to have revenue coming in.
I do think EMR- electronic medical records is the way to go, which also makes those records accessible to other providers and hospitals in case of emergency or transfer in care, vs just pieces of paper in a paper chart in a Dr's office. That's going to save millions of trees too!
Another thing to realize is, pharm reps are going to be knocking on your door to pedal their latest and greatest drug....sometimes it doesn't hurt to stick with the tried and true drugs from the past....I made mention on another thread about how many class action lawsuit ads are on TV right now for drugs that have been on the market, but now they know that they can be very dangerous. DOn't just jump on the bandwagon, because something is new, bright and shiney!
If you're really interested in the nutrition aspect, check into eCornell's online program....that's part of Dr Campbell's program at Cornell University....it will help give you the nutrition component you are looking for. There are a lot of plant based Dr's out there, but I wish there was a master list that could be made and accessed by state. There isn't one yet.
My suggestion to you is, follow your heart....if this is what you want to do, get your education, then make a difference in your patient's lives. You can specialize too don't forget....you can be like the husband and wife Dr's on Fork over Knives, where this is the specialty they've chosen, changing people's lives through Diet, like Hippocrates said 2000+ yrs ago. Just be prepared to buck the system a little, and not participate in all of "traditional" medicine.
Also look up AADP- American Acadamy of Drugfree Providers
My brand new website for health coaching, and where all of my recipes will reside!
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
previous food photography and portrait blog: www.creativeinspirationsphotography.blogspot.com