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Family Physician Interview

30 Family Physician Questions and Answers by Darby Faubion
| Darby Faubion has been a Nurse and Allied Health Educator for over twenty years. She has clinical experience in several specialty areas including pediatrics, medical-surgical, critical care, and hospice.

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What is a common misconception that people have about family practitioners?

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    What is a common misconception that people have about family practitioners?

      Not everyone has a clear understanding of what physicians in different specialties do. They may understand a medical term, such as cardio refers to the heart, or know that a family physician can see any age range of patient, but they don't necessarily understand how in depth each specialty's care can be.

      Darby's Answer

      "I think a common misconception about family practice physicians is that we don't have an understanding of in-depth illnesses, such as a cardiologist or nephrologist may. It's not that we don't have an understanding. Our objective is to identify and manage common illnesses and diseases and to know when a referral to a specialist is appropriate for a client. It takes a group of healthcare providers with varying degrees of specialization to provide collaborative, effective care for patients."

      Darby's Answer

      "I think there are a number of misconceptions about physicians, in general. One of the most common misconceptions is that we are money-driven rather than care-driven. While you can find people who are more focused on earning potential than anything, physicians really do have a heart for our patients. Going to medical school and through residency programs is very difficult. It takes a great deal of dedication and drive to be able to accomplish the goal of being a doctor. Caring is at our heart."

      Darby's Answer

      "One misconception for some people is that they think family physicians are just an entry point into the medical system, a source or referrals to specialists and for minor problems. In fact we can care for a wide variety of problems and seek consultation when we need help."