I have been a family doctor long enough to have appreciated the formalization of family medicine as a recognized specialization, survived the jurisdiction fights with specialists like obstetrics and gynecology, dermatology, and gastroenterology to keep hospital prerogatives to deliver infants and do inpatient medicine and to do office processes. I have learned that family medicine is the future of primary care, is destined to eventually become outdated, and that because of debt of health instruction, lifestyle choices of young physicians, and poor pay enough family doctors are trained by the US cannot.
Through the ups and downs of public opinion I have been able to relish an outstanding profession. I’ve some years. I’m look forward to the following ten years or so of practicing medicine and just 56. The significant things have changed as a family doctor. I get to see patients whom I get to serve them by listening, teaching, coddling, coaxing, and sometimes pushing them out of their comfort zones, and understand in the office daily. I hear their joys, heartaches, and normal day to day problems. So that their children will not have more kids, I immunize they and do their vasectomy. Mainly I come to work daily and see whoever picks to visit with me. I attempt to help their children handle their illnesses, prevent sicknesses they are able to avert, and support them to live more healthy lives.
There are issues with our health care system. Lot’s of their children actually. One of these is the inequity of compensation between doctors who do well paid processes, and doctors who provide less well paid management and assessment services to patients. This results in motivator for new medical school grads to go into the paid specializations where tons of processes are performed. Still I’d not trade my life as a FP for the house that is larger and more stuff of a sub-specialist. Benefits and the relationships of these relationships are priceless. The residency slots will fill if we can locate a solution to get this message to new med school graduates perhaps.