Featured Osteopathic Family Physician:
Jeremy Fischer, DO

Dr. Jeremy Fischer knew that he wanted to go be a doctor during his second year as an undergraduate at University of Michigan as a biochemistry major. After considering many programs, he selected Michigan States’ College of Osteopathic Medicine, where he graduated in 2002.

Now he works at Henry Ford Macomb Family Medicine, near Detroit, Michigan, where he takes care of about 400 patients, but he also works with residents during the week. He’s also an Associate Clinical Professor at Michigan State’s osteopathic program.

When he was an osteopathic student, he struggled with deciding what specialty he wanted to go into – whether it’d be family medicine or surgery. In his fourth year, he did a rotation in surgery and decided that while he liked the field, he was more ambivalent about it than he’d realized.  As a result, Dr. Fischer advises that students shouldn’t worry so much about what they will specialize in early on because it’s too difficult to make those decisions until they have hands-on experiences.

When selecting residencies, he advises that students talk to the residents who are already there. He said students should ask residents whether they are content with the program. If they are, it’s a sign it’s a good program.

He says that students should ask their mentors: Would they have made the same choices? What they don’t like about the field they are in. What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?

He said that he’s learned how to communicate with patients through his own mentors. Students can pick up a lot of modeling behaviors from mentors by watching them work with patients.

Q: Why did you go into osteopathic family medicine?
I found family medicine to be the most rewarding career because I got to work directly with patients of different ages.

Q: What is your favorite aspect of osteopathic family medicine?
I think it’s taking care of entire families.

Q: What is your best advice for students who are undecided about family medicine?
Find a program and rotate and evaluate the program and see if it’s a good fit for you. You have to have that hands-on experience to get a visceral reaction about whether you want to do this for the rest of your career or not.

Q: What kind of person makes the best kind of osteopathic family physician?
You have to be a good communicator and above all you have to be down to earth to be a success, and you have to easily relate to patients and they have to be able to relate to you.

Published April, 2015