Featured Osteopathic Family Physician:
Amanda Fischer Reeves, DO






Dr. Amanda Fischer Reeves grew up in Claxton, Georgia before attending Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia, where she received a bachelor’s degree in biology.

She then graduated with an osteopathic medical degree at the Georgia Campus – Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Suwanee, Georgia.

Dr. Reeves served as the ACOFP Chapter President 2008-2009, and then was elected to the National Student Board as the Vice President 2010-2011. She received the Student of the Year Award in 2009.

Dr. Reeves is now in private practice in Rome, Georgia.

Through the ACOFP, she completed the Physicians Leadership Institute course in October and served as a Mentor at the ACOFP Future Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C., at the end of January.

She believes the best type of mentors balance pushing students to be the best they can be without being overbearing.  She said that students should ask mentors how they got where they are in the current career and now they overcame obstacles.

 

Q: What kind of person makes the best osteopathic family physician?
A: A well-rounded individual who understands the relationship between health, body, and mind. 

Q
: What is your best advice for students who are undecided?
A: Keep an open mind while completing clinical rotations during third and fourth years. Try to picture yourself doing that specialty and decide if that would make you happy. If you find that you like a little bit of everything, family medicine is an excellent field to be in where you get to experience it all.

Q
:  What is your favorite aspect of osteopathic family medicine?
A: I enjoy the connection that I get to develop with my patients. They appreciate being able to share their thoughts with me and have me explain the disease process and treatment so that an understanding is reached and appropriate expectations are set.

Q
: Why did you go into osteopathic family medicine?
A: I originally was planning to go into physical therapy, but I really liked my shadowing experience with family medicine physicians. When I learned about osteopathic medicine, I felt that it was a perfect mix of the things I liked about both fields, and I decided to pursue a degree in osteopathic family medicine.

Q
: What do you know now in regard to selecting a specialty that you wish you knew when you were an osteopathic medical student?
A: The sooner you decide on what specialty you would like to do, the earlier you can start networking within that specialty. I had an advantage with this because I knew I wanted to do family medicine from the start. Those of my colleagues who did not know what direction they wanted to go in early got involved in multiple clubs/organizations to help with networking in a few different areas. This would be important to do it you are undecided.

Q
: What qualities should students look for in a mentor and what are some red flags for them to avoid?
A: A good mentor is straightforward and honest with you about strengths and weaknesses to work on. It’s great to have someone push you, and help you see what makes you a great physician and what will make you an even better one. However, this shouldn’t weigh you down, and if it seems that it does, that may not be the best mentor relationship.

Q
: What have your mentors taught you?
A: I have been very fortunate to have great mentors who taught me to believe in myself and follow my instincts. It’s important to be confident, but to also know your limits and know when to ask for assistance.

Q
: What specific questions should students ask their mentors?
A: Remember to ask you mentors what led them to medicine and to their specific specialty. It’s also good to ask about things they did to get them to where they wanted to be in their career, and how they overcame any obstacles that they encountered.

 

Published June, 2015