A family medicine resident explains how direct primary care will allow her to practice family medicine in the way she'd always envisioned it.
By Loretta Duggan, M.D.
I have always dreamed of talking to my patients and getting to know several generations of families while providing the best medical care available. But when medical practice practically requires that physicians have a business degree, how can I practice “my kind of medicine?”
Direct primary care
is a relatively new concept that represents what family medicine
practice could be. I first heard about direct primary care a couple months before the Direct Primary Care Summit
held last June in Washington, D.C.. When I heard what the conference would cover, I immediately felt rejuvenated and thought, “This is why most people go into medicine, particularly family medicine, in the first place! This is my kind of medicine.” There was finally a proposed solution to the daily grind of figuring out the appropriate codes for services and spending more time with charts than patients
. My dreams of opening my own medical practice had once been dashed when the pressures of tending to the business of medicine began to take focus in my journey from school to training and ultimately work. But this conference showed me that I can practice the kind of medicine that I always envisioned.