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A Day in the Life of an Osteopathic Family Physician

posted Jun 9, 2017, 1:55 PM by Explore More   [ updated Jun 9, 2017, 1:59 PM ]
Many osteopathic family physicians start their days between 7 am and 8 am four to five day per week. Works days are filled with constant motion for the more than 100,000 DOs, who are members of the fastest growing health care professionals in the U.S.

In the morning, osteopathic family physicians may log into their computers to see what the day may hold for them before seeing patients.
Nurses check in the doctors’ first patients of the day and osteopathic family physicians review patients’ charts and histories before going into the patients’ rooms to discuss their conditions and prevention of other issues that may crop up.
Osteopathic family physicians will see a full spectrum of patients from young and old. Many, especially those in small towns, will treat the whole family from children to grandparents. These physicians see a wide range of conditions and illnesses that vary by severity and duration. They approach medicine with a patient-centric approach, which is a hallmark of osteopathic philosophy.

The focus is on prevention first and working with patients on keeping them healthy. Sometimes while discussing the problems with patients, family physicians may have to tell patients information that they don’t want to hear to keep patients healthy.
Many physicians enjoy the relations that they build with their patients. They also say that they are not bored because every case is different.

Osteopathic family physicians may be able to fit his or her interests based on the community needs, which is especially true in small communities.
Afterward osteopathic family physicians talk with patients and fill out patients’ charts, they move onto the next appointments.

For one physician, this may happen between 20 and 30 times per day by the time the physician finishes at 6 pm.