YAY my last shadowing experience blog post! Family medicine was actually the first specialty I shadowed way back in high school so I was excited to shadow it with my new med student lenses.
Family medicine does exactly what the name implies: treat the whole family. Family med docs see all genders and ages and treat a wide range of disease and problems. One thing that I loved about my experience this past spring was how well the doctor knew her patients. She had been their doctor for over 10 years, developing a very unique yet sacred relationship that not many people share. I love this part of medicine, the continuity of care. She treated one patient for 10 years and then takes care of that patient’s children!
I also had the impression that family med doctors don’t have much time with each patient. During my hour, I only saw two patients! This was plenty of time to address the patient’s needs, treatment plans, and also include some education.
Well this concludes my shadowing recap! Shadowing has been an awesome way to see a day in the life of different specialties. If you have any questions on how to get involved with shadowing, comment below!