Primary care advocates across the country are telling their Stories of Self to explain why they were drawn to primary care. Here's the story med student Daniel Gordon shared last year, and it's worth sharing again.
By Daniel Gordon
I grew up as a patient of family doctors in Hartwell, Georgia, population 4, 287. My hometown had zero specialists, so my ﬁrst exposure to medicine was through our family physician. The waiting room at Dr. Stone’s office was one of the most diverse places I had ever been. The patients were young and old, black and white, and I liked this. In the exam room, I studied a model of the spine and Dr. Stone’s tools.
As soon as he came into the room, he’d always make me laugh.
I don’t remember the reasons for these childhood visits, but I remember that he always made me (and my parents) feel comfortable and open – and better.
At some point it occurred to me that Dr. Stone was treating all those diverse patients that I had seen in the waiting room in that very same exam room and beyond. This family practice in a rural town, where it seems so few doctors want to practice, was making an impact on the entire community.
By the time I was in high school, I had made it a goal to serve my small town in the same way that Dr. Stone did.