What others are saying and why they chose family medicine

“It is the relationship I have with patients, without a doubt. They consider you a friend, someone to call on; a mentor in the healthcare process. It’s the bond and relationship that occurs, and the feeling that what you’re doing makes a difference.”

“It comes down to the personalities you get when you’re a family physician: we like to listen to people, hear their stories and help them.”

“Focus on family—not just who you’re treating, but your own family. Best of both worlds.”

“Bottom line is we choose family medicine because we make a difference in people’s lives. That’s why we go to medical school in the first place.”

“In one day, I can see twenty patients with twenty different problems. I chose family medicine for the ability to know the entire family and counsel patients in a way that is unique because I’m treating the whole family.”

“In general, the variety is the best benefit – and the relationships developed with patients.”

“The ability to help the most people. It’s not every day that someone has a heart murmur or needs bone restructure, but it seems every day that someone has a head cold or back strain. I’m intrigued most by being able to help a larger percentage of the population versus a sub-specialist. In such a diverse field, I can potentially help so many more.”

“It became clear I could reach more people and fulfill a greater need through family medicine.
When I was educated to the fact that this was “womb to tomb” care, that cemented it for me.”

“It’s for the doctor who wants face time. It’s the type of person who wants ongoing relationships
with their patients. It is a want to see patients through the problems, get to know them and their
families. It not only makes the patient feel more valued, but gives us more opportunity to head off problems as well as solve the real problems. Know the patient, not just the problem.”

“One of the best things about being a family physician is the opportunity every day to use
osteopathic manipulation to help with pain or dysfunction. We get extra classes to learn these
types of techniques. Fix it, don’t mask it.”

“The difference in training between osteopathic vs. allopathic: osteopathic focuses on listening and
asking good questions.”

“My schedule is 8am to 5pm, Monday through Friday. When you’re home, you’re home – not on call.”