Family Physician

Michael Von Reeden, MD

Tell us about your work -- what do you do? I am a Family Physician . I take care of all of the health needs one may have from birth to death. I try and attend to not only the physical, but also emotional and spiritual needs of my patients. What skills are needed? People skills are essential. Good communication is key. It's also important to have a keen sense of patients' needs and expectations. How did you get started in your career? I decided in high school that it seemed the most rewarding and challenging career from observation of a friend's parents. What experience do you need in this job? None -- other than a medical degree . Describe your "typical" workday: I see 20-30 patients per day. I handle phone calls, triage, and test results. There really isn't anything typical. Each day brings it's own challenges. What is the hardest aspect of your job? Emotionally distraught patients needing more than I can give. Dealing with life and death and dying issues that must be discussed with my pateints can be hard. Paperwork, paperwork, and dictation. What is the most rewarding aspect of your job? Finding a cancer that can be cured early. Meeting someone's needs so they will appreciate you as one of their own family. What are your suggestions for someone considering this field? Work hard. Try and find humor in the world. Enjoy the small things in life. The real key to becoming a doctor is getting into medical school and not only does that take good grades, but you should also try and get into the best college you can -- it really helps in the end.
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