It is a typical clinic day at Duke Family Medicine. Sitting across from a patient in clinic, my mind jumps between differential diagnoses, charting, placing orders, an unanswered page in my coat pocket, the emotional visit that came moments before, and the patient waiting for me in the next room. As my last patient walks out the door, I feel my mind settle. I realize for the first time that I did not eat or drink anything today, much less take a bathroom break. I feel the pressure of a full bladder, the dryness in my throat, and I’m suddenly starving.Read More
June 16 was residency graduation day. It seems they come so quickly — 43 since my first year at Duke (then Duke-Watts) Family Medicine. The format has changed over the years but the spirit remains the same.
Six freshly minted family doctors are off to meet new challenges and, perhaps, change the world. They may not know it yet, but they are about to learn more about being a doctor in the next year than ever before.Read More
The mission of the Duke Family Medicine Residency Program is to train physicians who are excellent clinicians, leaders and advocates of health care. Population and community health are key components of our resident education, but, to be honest, when I began residency last summer, I didn’t really understand how I would be “practicing” community health as an intern. As the months have gone by, however, I have learned different aspects of public health that have allowed me to develop a better sense of what practicing community health may look like.Read More
Early into my intern year, I conducted a home visit for one of my favorite patients with heart failure. Despite his numerous medical problems and difficult life circumstances, this patient was always exceedingly respectful, polite and grateful for the care I provided.Read More